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From BRUCE SYMINGTON of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:

As a member of the fourth estate, it behooves you to use rhetoric that is not inflammatory in nature. In the article “Schools target drug use” April 9, the only place the word “use” appears is in the title. The rest of the time, the word “abuse” replaces it. This is inflammatory and does nothing but raise the fear factor. It is tantamount to saying that someone who has one drink of alcohol is the same as a gutter drunk.

Use is not the same as abuse. By using such language, the media propagates the drug war and thereby is part of the drug “problem,” most of which is that those in power are scared to try anything but the miserable failure that is the drug war. If the media would make it more difficult for those in power to continue on this bad road and easier for them to consider alternatives, we might move to a more effective, humanitarian solution. Until you embrace your responsibilities, this mess will continue.

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