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Drink offenders may face compulsory rehab

  1. Lunar Loops
    This from yesterday's Observer (UK) (http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1805429,00.html) :

    Drink offenders may face compulsory rehab

    [FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif]Gaby Hinsliff
    Sunday June 25, 2006
    The Observer

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    Drinkers who commit violent crimes could be forced to undergo rehab treatment, the Home Secretary suggested yesterday amid warnings from senior police officers about the impact of relaxing drinking laws.
    John Reid said he was considering whether the fast-tracking of drug addicts into detox to stop them reoffending could be extended to those who offended when drunk. On a visit to police on night duty in Soho he was told by Commander Chris Allison, the Association of Chief Police Officers spokesman on licensing, that he still had 'concerns' about the relaxation in licensing laws.
    Reid said there was no evidence that the change had increased drink-related crime as some had predicted, but that he was considering ways of tackling the causes of violence, including drinking. He endorsed schemes to stop addicts reoffending to get money for drugs, and added: 'We don't at the moment have anything similar to that on alcohol but if the drugs intervention proves worthwhile, then we can look at the other driver of violent crime.' About 40 per cent of crime is thought to be alcohol-related: the arrest of 122 British fans in Germany yesterday drew attention back to British drinking.

Comments

  1. psyche
    Now they've finally taken step to the right direction in drug policy, I think. If only this policy, condemning drug use based on the individuals misuse of the drug instead of the drug itself, could be applicated to other illegal drugs as well. Propably people would eventually realize that drugs aren't impossible to use correctly. They are just another drugs, even though quite a bit safer, than alcohol.
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