Shame drug users by using the same tactics whuch help police confront drink driving on our roads – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Robert Mansfield, Old Lane, Bramhope, Leeds.

Should there be random tests for drugs similar to those used by the police to catch drink drivers?
Should there be random tests for drugs similar to those used by the police to catch drink drivers?

IT was sad to read the article by David Behrens (The Yorkshire Post, October 12) about the spread of drugs.

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The authorities have been trying to tackle the problem by aiming at the supply of drugs for decades. Yet the problem gets worse. Surely it will only be solved when there is less demand?

Hard-hitting campaigns highlighting the dangers of drink driving need to be applied to drugs, says reader Robert Mansfield. Do you agree?

The supply problems will always be there if there is a ready lucrative market.

It is at last becoming clear 
that the market is fuelled 
by people with money, not 
by the poor down-and-
outs.

The message that taking 
drugs is risky does not seem to work.

What more can be done to combat the scourge of drugs?

I would suggest that it should be tackled in the same way as drink driving.

A national campaign aimed at showing users the effect 
that their purchases have on others, similar to the drink driving adverts showing the effect of car crashes had on crash victims.

The campaign used to shame drink drivers was highly successful.

If people are shamed into stopping buying drugs, 
the whole chain of problems 
will go away and all our lives 
and communities will be 
safer.