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Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

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Interview with Jean Kittson

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$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

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Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

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Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

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The importance of talking about ovaries

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Policy not ‘housekeeping’

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Paul Dixon, Ocean Shores

Wow! Your editorial (July 17) appears to speak to the kind of person you are. Do you seriously suggest that it is unclear if our pollies ‘… write bad laws around drugs want young people to die as an example to others’. What an offensive suggestion!

Your assertion that MDMA is safe ‘… if taken moderately and in pure form, just like heroin’ is irresponsible and unsafe given both are usually sold with many additives. As to suggesting pure heroin is ‘safe’? Tell that to users who are addicted or their families who’ve suffered because of their loved ones addiction or (worse) death.

Oh, and the last time I checked, both MDMA and heroin were illegal. Has that now changed?

Having said this I do agree with, and support, pill testing given experimentation seems be a rite of passage for many young people.

However, I will not encourage anyone to break the law. I am disappointed your editorial appears to suggest that young people go out and ‘try a small dosage of any pill’ with the caveat ‘be very careful from whom you buy it’. Seriously? I guess all salespeople tell the truth… always.

How about getting lawful, properly administered pill testing running first, eh?


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