Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Teachers Enter War on Meth

source: WVLT VOLUNTEER TV Knoxville, :

"Many signs of change are behavioral, for example the people they hang out with."
"At the state level, law enforcement hopes that teachers can help them identify at risk kids before they are hooked on the drugs or are caught up in the next drug bust."

How can you teach or understand this without cognition of adolescent body image and what was prescribed as a dietry aid in the early 70's (NZ 1974, 120million scripts, 2Mppl).

We have notable MP's in the house of reps. for whom getting the scrip as a young housewife can only be described as an addiction with authorisation. It was 'pure', as pure as you could get. As it was in post war Japan and Korea. Clinical grade manufacture and efficent pyramid distribution... led to 5% of population addiction rates. (absent the criminal violence). It was the "Valley of the Dolls" across diverse and distant cultures.

The 'herbal' stimulant market today is less herbal in origin than crack is to coco.

Methamphetamine equally had its organic origin in the chinese ephedra plant "ma whang" found to be effacious as a decongestant and appettite suppressant 5000 years ago. (Doubtless the Chinese practitioners would have been very cautious about giving a powerful 'herb' the equivalent of Ritilin's amphetamine type effect to children too.)

How does it help to have seemingly purposfully ill-informed teachers observing the whole group, expecting them to look for subtle deviance from norms that are indistinguishable from difference and angst IN hormone laden teens?.

Teachers are subject to perceptions and flaws stemming from diverse community moral and value systems. It is very risky to introduce a legal/criminal dilemma on cautious or precautionary suspicion.

The LAW cannot do this for good reason, so why should teachers?
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