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They'll huff and they'll puff and we'll blow their doors down?Posted Thursday, July 14, 2011, at 11:42 PM
In an earlier blog http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blog...
I noted that the "war against drugs" has been an abysmal failure and that the current thought is that drug abuse and dependence should be treated as a health problem. I referenced (in the last paragraph) the problem about huffing and a new abuse of "bath salts".
On the front page of July 14th's Daily Reporter appears the headline "Law enforcement seeking huffing ordinance". The story notes that there is no state law dealing with huffing and then quotes our local law enforcement, who say an ordinance is needed as "another tool in the tool belt".
Huffing and abuse of over-the-counter medicines (like Coricidin) [here is a Wikipedia link] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coricidin are only some of the vast stupid and unhealthy things that some of today's youth try.
Rather than spend a lot of time drafting ordinances to prohibit this behavior (which according to the article has been going on for years), the answer should be to educate our parents and children about the problem and to partner with our retailers about taking steps to make these products less accessible to our youth.
A few years ago I got tired of seeing graffiti promoting drugs on the railroad bridge near Stolley's Pond. I bought some cans of dark spray paint at Walmart and painted over it. Before the young clerk at Walmart would sell me the spray paint, she insisted that I show some identification. I was happy to oblige (I suppose just like any fifty-plus-year-old would be if carded buying beer).
The bottom line is this: There is going to be an unlimited supply of things which can be abused (such as gasoline or "dust off" ) and the time and money spent trying to come up with ordinances prohibiting the abuse of such items would be better spent on education and treatment. Let's treat it for what it really is....... a health problem.
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Description: JP's take on legal (and other) issues which interest him. Biography: Born in Spencer Iowa, February 6, 1957; Graduated Spencer High School 1975; University of Iowa (B.B.A. 1979); Creighton University School of Law (J.D. 1984); American Jurisprudence Award: Debtor/Creditor Relations; Assistant State Attorney, Florida, 12th Judicial Circuit, 1986-89; Assistant Clay County Iowa Attorney, 1989-93; Iowa State Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers, 1993- ; American Citizenship Committee, 1994-98; Bridge the Gap Committee 1991-94; Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, 2002- ; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004- ; Iowa Association for Justice, 2004- ; American Bar Association, 1984- ; Florida Bar Association, 1986- .
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