Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Children Should Be Priority in Drug War

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Children Should Be Priority in Drug War

Article excerpt

OUR lead story by Ava Benny-Morrison about the level of drug use and violence in our schools paints a disturbing picture.

Children as young as 12 regularly smoking cannabis, while others are popping ecstasy pills, has got to be of concern to all parents and the wider community. Since the Aquarius Festival back in the 1970s, the Northern Rivers has developed a culture of acceptance and tolerance when it comes to drug use.

Every year tens of thousands turn up for the Mardi Grass calling for the legalisation of marijuana. The event and its laid-back attitude towards drugs is something many in our community takes pride in.

But this is not a debate about the pros and cons of legalisation. We are not taking about the rights of adults here, we are talking about the future of our young children whose brains are a long way off from being fully formed.

Taking drugs at such a young age can lead to numerous and dangerous health problems later in life.

A school friend of mine comes to mind. …

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