Friday, February 28, 2003

Drug rehabilitation: Threats, threats and more threats!

If you don't I will! The Australian dictator John Howard's drugs adviser calls for compulsory treatment.

'Yes Dad' [?]

Prime Minister John Howard's head adviser on drugs has called for the introduction of laws forcing users into treatment.

Major Brian Watters says it is often the case that drug users do not know what is best for them.

But a spokesperson for Citizens Against Being Forced Mr Ihave Amind Ofmyown said, "Major Watters is John Howard's adviser because he's a bully. Citizens make their own decisions about what is best for them and if you don't like that step down."

Major Watters heads the National Council on Drugs, established by the Government as part of its Tough on Drugs strategy in 1998.

He says drug users should not be given a choice as to whether they enter rehabilitation programs.

"It's a misunderstanding that people say quite often that somebody has got to want to stop before you can help them," he said.

Major Watters says he has not raised the idea with Mr Howard but hopes compulsory treatment will be a thing of the future.

However, the Federal Opposition's Justice spokesman, Daryl Melham, says the idea is a step back in time.

"It's the sort of thinking that will wipe out all the public health gains of the last 15 years," he said.

Justice Minister Chris Ellison says he does not believe drug users can be forced to seek treatment.

By Drac Onian 28 Feb 03

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