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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1996
It seems that every time I turn around The Times has another naive editorial about drug use in the music industry. Now The Times is suggesting that health Nazis report any drug use by artists within the industry (Aug. 13). I would suggest that the laws regarding drugs make the drugs much more dangerous than they would be on their own. Your editorial policy adds one very loud voice in keeping the underworld afloat and ensuring that potency of drugs remains a deadly guessing game. Human nature has always sought relief from anguish and pain.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
The request for drugs for Anna Nicole Smith slid off the fax of a Valley Village pharmacy five days after the model's son had died in the Bahamas. A psychiatrist wanted 300 tablets of methadone, two types of sedatives, a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory drug and four bottles of a painkiller nicknamed "hospital heroin," unsealed court records show. The amount and combination alarmed the pharmacist, who later recalled thinking, "They are going to kill her with this." He phoned Smith's internist and said he had no intention of filling a prescription that amounted to "pharmaceutical suicide," according to court documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1993
It seems that the legalization of drugs is an idea whose time has come. This is most evident by the increased support of legalization by the right wing. However, it seems that some of the right wing have a hard time understanding the dynamics that make drug prohibition a fruitless endeavor. Take, for example, Column Right by Paul Craig Roberts ("Drug Laws Aid and Abet Crime Wave," Nov. 14). Though the headline clearly implies a column on the merits of drug legalization, the reader soon discovers that Roberts instead largely delivers a diatribe opposed to gun control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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