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Morse on Drugs

July 17, 1987

In response to Stephen J. Morse's article, "Drug Problem Seems to Be Bearable" (July 1), I would like to propose a fairly easy solution. China did something on this order at the beginning of the cultural revolution in order to put an end to the opium problem.

Set a deadline, perhaps three years. Inform the public with a massive campaign that programs to help cocaine and heroin addicts will be ongoing, and everyone must participate, or voluntarily stop the abuse by the date set. Make sure everyone knows the penalty for dealing drugs: death.

When the date arrives, enforce the penalty.

I understand that China treated this as a patriotic move, and found there were very few who were affected by the penalty.

HILDA E. WENNER

Santa Barbara

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