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Punish drug users; LETTERS.

OF course Russell Brand is asking for drug users not to be criminalised. He has himself been arrested for drug use several times.

If he can say he has an illness, as also do many drunks, it saves him having to take responsibility for his own actions. Apart from this his protests are keeping him in the public eye.

We are becoming too tolerant over too many things, excuses seem to be the order of the day.

If you're a celebrity anything goes and to hell with the message they are sending out.

We all have dramas and stress in our lives. Thank goodness some people retain good standards in spite of it.

Lives have been destroyed by both drug users and drunks, so we can do without their self-pitying gripes. Often such individuals are self-centred, selfish, nasty pieces of work. They love being told they are ill.

Druggies have mugged, broken into houses, and shoplifted. Some have tortured and killed to get money to feed their habit. Some pass their addiction on to their children.

We've lost sight of the fact many users are also pushers earning money for it. They care little for the lives they destroy. If they can bring other people down to their level then in their warped minds it justifies their own lifestyle.

Maybe harsh punishment may make them push to get treatment. Of course this won't apply to all as they are aware that if they get cleaned up they will lose their invalidity benefit.

Why they get it in the first place is very puzzling.

Barbara Dunn, Moseley
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 6, 2012
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