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Comment #7288146 by Ron O'Keefe

Ron O'Keefe Jun 13th 2018, 12:47 PM #

It has been proven that the more someone is criminalised because of drug use, the more likely they are to live a life of poverty because of the lack of opportunity that accompanies the criminalisation. This places people in a place of hopelessness, which can then lead to life long drug abuse and other types of criminal behaviour. Mr Nolan is presenting a sensible approach to drugs. Let’s face it, our de facto War on Drugs has been and is an abject failure, on both a human and economic level. Time to listen to Mr Nolan and use a new approach.

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Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'

Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'

After 40 years in the force, Jack Nolan said it would be difficult to claim there are less drugs available now.

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    Favourite Matt Humphries
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    Jun 13th 2018, 1:07 PM

    @Ron O’Keefe: fair play to Mr Nolan,why didn’t he highlight this suggestion when he was in a position of power. I totally agree it’s a futile exercise locking up drug addicts. Concentrate on the suppliers maximum sentences

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    Favourite John Mc Avinue
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    Jun 13th 2018, 2:04 PM

    @Matt Humphries: In fairness, given the culture we are seeing within the Garda HQ, I think we can forgive Mr. Nolan for not publicly going against the policies being enforced by his superiors. He’d only be smeared as a “kiddie fiddler”

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