Monday, 19 May 2008

National tackling drugs week, apparently

The National Treatment Agency tells us that it is national tackling drugs week. I suspect it will end up with more ranting about crime figures and tackling the availability of drugs in our communities. Apparently there will be an emphasis on informing people about the types of treatment on offer and the work but done by different agencies around the country. If so, this will be a good. I wish there was more work done on awareness of addiction itself and the patterns of behaviour that lead to addiction. The last thing we all need is to focus on working class young people and the crimes they commit to feed their habits. We need to be more aware of addiction across the classes and across the races, whether people end up in prison or not. The focus on crime constantly leads the eye from addiction in the wealthy classes, minimising and ghettoising the issue.

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