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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Party Pill Hypocrisy

How in denial as a nation are we to our own alcoholism? Todays tub thumping editorial in the NZ Herald suggests we are beyond passive denial and are actively working at being in denial.

Doesn't the latest party pill hysteria show how utterly out of touch we have become in this debate? Last year 37 people needed to go to accident and emergency rooms for party pills of those only 8 had used them without any other substance, so in total 8 people who had a problem with the pills and the pills alone were hospitalized.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of party pills, took one in the late 1990's and was terribly bored by the experience, but I look at the way a booze and tobacco pimp like Peter Dunne, a politician who votes any way the booze and tobacco industry tells him, can move like lightening over a substance that hospitalized 8 last year but won't attack booze which puts many more into A+E rooms every hour over weekends.

The hypocrisy is staggering. Party Pills which hospitalize less than 40 in a year up against booze which is responsible for 18%-35% of every injury admission at A+E.

Dunne's double standards are a joke. He pulls this stunt with the party pill manufacturers to look tough on drugs, yet his best friends in the booze and tobacco industry can always count on him to water down any regulation aimed at them.

The level of debate is as immature as it is corrupt.



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