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There should be tougher laws for people who are dealing drugs. De crimanilisation or legalising drugs may work to a certain extent but do we really want to be able to get drugs more easlier than it already is?
Carol, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
I have just watched your programme on crack cocaine, and was very angry that your film gave the impression that the crack invasion in Scotland is down to the Jamaicans. I think you should have done your research properly because as everyone knows it's bigger than a few Jamaican yardies. Please stop giving Jamaicans a bad name, it's hard enough for us without the likes of you making it harder.
Marcia Ahmed, UK
Could you please send a word of encouragement to the young lady in your program who is on the residential programme; our son did the same 2 years ago and as a result has reclaimed his life. It was not an easy journey, but the desire to succeed can be a great enabler. The other nice side is that we have our son back again.
Tobacco is the first drug almost all drug addicts start with. Legalisation of ALL drugs IS the only way forward, and more research into methods of eradicating the plants from which heroin and cocaine derive.
I think these people like the ones featured in the programme should be compelled to repay the cost of their rehabilitation programme once they become clean and get employment. I also think it is high time the Governments of this country took a long hard look at the way people can come and go at will to and from this country. I personally have no compassion or feelings for these youths who think it is ok to experiment with illegal substances. It is high time we as a society stopped taking the softly softly approach with these issues and gave punishment that fits the crime.
Mark Heaton, England
I really don't think its as simple as legalisation, we need to look at why these kids from the rural (or any) area want to start taking drugs, and until many of them are given hope for their future, i.e. that they will be able to get a job or become a regular member of society, it is a fact that most people with drug problems come from low supervision or lone parent families and have low educational attainment, when find a way of reversing this we may start to find a solution, or at least the beginnings of one.
It has always been the case that as drug dealers were forced out of inner cities, they would move into rural areas. The programme tonight proved this to be the case. Crack cocaine and heroin dealers are moving into areas where before there would have been no trade for them. Targeting on the main young vulnerable people is the main concern and this has happened up and down the country. Young people with promising careers ahead of them, have seen their lives destroyed by becoming involved with drugs.
Crack cocaine and heroin along with other drugs is dangerous and highly addictive and more needs to be done to prevent these drugs reaching our streets. The police have had successes on arresting many of these dealers and suppliers, but there is always another one to take the place of an arrested dealer or supplier. All that people can do is be vigilant in their communities, and alert the police if they suspect that anybody is openly supplying or dealing in drugs within the local c! community. The consequences of these activities are far too dangerous to ignore.
Again, another highly biased BBC documentary. My husband and I were sickened by the blinkered argument taken by tonight's Panorama programme. How is it that the sole problem of the UK's crack and heroin problem focuses on so called Jamaican yardies. Wake up and smell the coffee BBC. This is a bigger problem than just a few yardies and I think it was irresponsible of the BBC to release this programme saying just this. Lets have some intelligent debate about how we can resolve this situation.
As a social worker i have seen firsthand the devastation of drug use on individuals and communities. We need to be looking at the reasons why people abuse substances and educate. When we can eliminate the need drug dealers will not have a market
I remember about 30 years ago an American professor said "if you in the UK stop giving drugs free to registered addicts you will drive the price up and have a problem similar to the USA". He was right, we should have government run places where registered addicts can buy it cheaply and take the incentive and profit away from the dealers. The money made can be then ploughed into education and policing.
I have just watched your programme about Crack Cocaine. It was very shocking. Who are these people who are bringing this stuff into Britain. Jamaica was mentioned a few times. Why cant we stop these people coming in to the country?
Mary Howarth, England.
Your programme tonight showed that crack and heroin availability is widespread and increasing and that prices are falling. It also showed that this is accompanied by more crime and increasing violence. It showed that that the authorities are failing in all their attempts to improve the situation. This was very well done. But we all know this and do not need to be told it yet again. However there was no discussion about what can and should be done to improve the situation. The solutions are obvious. It is equally obvious that no politician is prepared to take the necessary steps. Please may we have a well balanced programme which looks into how the solution can be achieved.
Mick Humphreys, UK
It was heartbreaking to see that Jamaican crack gangs are targeting my old hometown of Aberdeen. One of the reasons that this practise flourishes is quite simply that there is no fear of the consequences. Many of these dealers would face the death sentence in their home country and are willing to take the risk here...punishment is so lenient given the gravity of their actions. Come on, protect our kids and make the punishment for dealing hard drugs genuinely painful.
I have seen the explosion in drug use in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire with alarm and seen the effects first hand. I don't know what can be done as i fear it is to late other than massive increase in resources for police, social and health services who have to deal with this.
This tragedy of drugs moving to rural areas must be happening everywhere. In Pennsylvania there are communities of "Amish" people who are devout Christians and lead lives of extreme simplicity- using horse drawn carriages and ploughs instead of modern machinery, not using electricity, wear plain black clothes- indeed they are called "the plain people". And yet I hear that even Amish young people are dying of drug overdoses. If dealers can get to them, they can get to anyone!
Only way to stop all the rot is to legalise ALL drugs ,collapse the market for the "maggots" who run the business, Civilisation (if that's what we've got now) won't collapse!
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