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Calls for the sterilisation of drug users are deeply concerning.
Having lost a child and worked with so many families in the same position, it is a pain that never dissipates. And while we cannot bring our own children back, we can sure as hell try and make sure such tragedy and pain doesn’t happen for other families.
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I am convinced my son Damien could have taken the right steps to overcome his problems and achieve a productive goal in life. He and many others never got the opportunity. Harm reduction stands beside all forms of drug treatment as a legitimate and much-needed element in drug policy.
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With the recent media attention to crystal methamphetamine or "ice" and the increasing concerns about the most problematic substance -- alcohol, it may be that young people are drawn to think that some of the other party drugs are attractive due to the perception of them being less risky.
Many people using ice will not be long-term problematic users. They may try it and give it up, they may use for a while and then give up, so the first thing is to not panic and overreact.