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Legalize, regulate methamphetamines

THE DECATUR DAILY:

There is a solution to the lab explosions, child exposure, high profits, theft, disease and guns associated with methamphetamine. We could centralize and regulate meth production and distribution in well-secured, quality-controlled government facilities where addicts would register before being administered a standardized dosage of pharmaceutical-grade meth, with medical supervision, without the use of dirty needles. Addicts would also receive information about the risks of meth use, along with on-the-spot access to treatment resources. This trailblazing strategy is currently being used by several nations in Europe with a positive outcome.

Some citizens might think this approach is radical, but it would remove the economic incentive from the producers and dealers of illegal meth. It would reduce the spread of AIDS and hepatitis. It would ensure that addicts aren't committing crimes of robbery and violence to pay the inflated black market prices imposed by the mobsters. It would eliminate the exploding meth labs. And it would take the meth off the streets, where children have easy access to the substance.

Since we can't even keep drugs out of our schools and prisons, perhaps the Drug Enforcement Administration should stop ensuring the mobsters get rich.

Christopher Largen

Denton, Texas

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