TAB showed the way

THE prominent point suggested in the Australia 21 report ("Prohibition has failed in the war on drugs" Herald 7/4) is that the evidence shows that treatment works and can be more effective if drug addiction is considered a health matter, not a criminal one.

This continuing debate about legalising presently illegal drugs reminds me of the similar furore over the introduction of the TAB. The church hierarchy was most critical of that plan. But in taking that step, the government effectively did away with the black market in bookmakers and received a windfall in lost taxes. There's no looking back now.

Dennis Petrovic, Shortland

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