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Category: drugs
February 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman: better treatment options; responsibility of the abuser

Victoria Will / Invision/AP

The death of talented actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been all over the news [“Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with syringe in arm,” Nation & World, Feb. 2]. It seems about time that we realize that our present method of dealing with substance abuse has not worked.

We persist in taking the idea that making them criminal is the best way, despite everything from prohibition of alcohol to pot proving this to be a false solution.

It is not a criminal problem, it is a medical and education problem. Every drug, from aspirin to meth, has an upside and downside. Heroin is one of the best drugs for pain control and has much the chemical makeup of our legal painkillers.

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0 Comments | More in drugs | Topics: Dick Paetzke, John Lay, Philip Seymour Hoffman

August 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Talking to kids about marijuana

Where’s the science? Teens are used to adults making statements about marijuana that are not true. This leads them to reject any advice from adults that might be true. [“Guest: What to tell your child about marijuana,” Health & Fitness, Aug. 25.] The Times should require a guest writer like Dan Labriola to provide a source…

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0 Comments | More in drugs, Marijuana, Politics, Seattle | Topics: awareness, children, dan labriola

August 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Marijuana: legalize or just decriminalize?

Don’t just decriminalize — legalize marijuana I agree with state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and former state Rep. Toby Nixon ["State should decriminalize marijuana," Opinion, guest column, Aug. 21] that it’s time for Washington state to decriminalize marijuana. However, I disagree with their method. We do not need any further distractions for our police force in trying to…

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0 Comments | More in budget cuts, crime/justice, drugs, Marijuana, Washington Legislature

August 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Marijuana: Is it time to legalize it?

In Washington, take advantage of high-quality marijuana In response to the guest column “State should decriminalize marijuana” [Opinion, Aug. 21], don’t mess around, legalization is the only answer for Washington state. For some reason, we grow the strongest, highest-quality herb in the world. Ask the Drug Enforcement Agency or experienced consumers if you don’t believe me. California…

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July 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Marijuana: Should government be making money on it?

Legalize marijuana, tax it and move on With so many truly important issues facing our country today –two wars, a global economic crisis, nuclear weapons in Korea, bank closings, corporate scandals, health-care costs, budget deficits, etc. — it astounds me that our government and the media continue to rehash minor issues. This time it is marijuana legalization….

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July 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health-care: Is Congress going too slow or too fast on reform?

Medicare is a harbinger of national health-care failure From personal experience, I reject the idea of government-paid health care for all. Many people don’t recall the establishment of Medicare and how it chased private insurance for seniors out of the market. Employers and insurance companies saw no reason to deal with the expense and administration of their…

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0 Comments | More in drugs, Economy, Health care, Reform, Taxes

April 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Drug legalization

A cure for budget deficit? Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. agrees with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a collection of retired FBI, DEA, cops, prosecutors and judges, that America should abandon the ineffective war on drugs and consider legalization, regulation and taxation instead [“Let’s begin the discussion about legalizing drugs,” seattletimes.com, Opinion, April 2). Faced with a billion-dollar…

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April 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Legalizing marijuana

Won’t prevent crime, health issues I again have to endure another article about the logic behind the legalization of mind-altering drugs ["Finally, some honesty about drugs," Opinion, David Sirota column, April 6]. As in most articles, the logic is flawed. Yes, Mexico is under siege by cartels that are making money on the United States’ failures in…

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April 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

War on drugs

Prohibition not effective Silly me, but reading “Kerlikowske describes how he’d approach drub-czar job” [NW Thursday, April 2], I couldn’t recall the word “czar” in our Constitution. I thought that was a word for an autocratic Russian ruler. Have we strayed that far from our founding fathers’ idea of limited government? Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske mouthed…

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March 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Mexican drug cartels

American weapons signaling an American problem Congress must act to slow the flow of weapons in Mexico. Horrific drug-cartel violence recently prompted the Pentagon’s Joint Forces Command to rank Mexico alongside Pakistan as a nation at risk of rapid and sudden collapse. And, it prompted the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to urge American…

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0 Comments | More in drugs, Mexico