Drugs in Society and how that is Reported

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Although the body was willing to embark on a longer run, time only permitted a 45 minute jog round one of the standard routes.

Just prior to the start of my run I tuned into part of a radio news report relating to a think tank report on how the police should deal with drug dealing. Either my perception of what was said was inaccurate or the radio report over dramatised one aspect of the report as I was certainly left with the idea that the think tank was recommending that police should tolerate some drug dealing as it was considered that the arresting of dealers could exacerbate criminality surrounding the illegal drug trade. The perception of what was said about tolerating some drug dealing let me into a rant about drugs, society, education and other issues.

It would be true to say that the press can over emphasise aspects of a report or a news story for impact. Perhaps that happened in this case. I also believe that official reports can be so opaque in reporting their findings that it is almost impossible to summarise what the report is saying. Such opaqueness may sometimes be there to disguise the fact that the authors are not clear about what they should say. In other words they don't have a really strong case to make. I provide references to a couple of sites and versions of the story and leave you to decide in this case.

BBC News Website - Article: How should we deal with drug dealers?

BBC News Website - Article: Call for 'smarter' drugs policy

UKDPC Website - Press Briefing: Focus on drug harms not just drug
arrests, says independent Commission

UKDPC Website - Publication: REFOCUSING DRUG-RELATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ADDRESS HARMS

Some mutterings about dogs and dog owners were recorded during the run when yet another four legged animal was seen to be on the loose in an area which prohibits the exercising of dogs.

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