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Logical Suffering January 27, 2008

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, Ethics.

More conservative “logic” .

 We’ve been told that teaching teenagers to use condoms encourages more sex. The result of withholding that information is more unsafe sex, more disease, more unwanted pregnancies. That policy is so unsuccessful that many states are rejecting abstinence-only, education funding from the feds.

We’ve been told that giving food stamps to the hungry just makes them lazy. The result is more hunger.

Now we are told by our Office of National Drug Control Policy that giving a life-saving nasal spray (Narcan) to heroin over-dosers will encourage more heroin use.

“Madras [Deputy Director] says the rescue programs might take away the drug user’s motivation to get into detoxification and drug treatment.”

I wonder what the result of that policy would be? 

As Mark Kleiman suggests, perhaps we should just poison the heroin supply. That will scare “em” straight. Oh, but that would be murder.



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