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DR. GIFFORD-JONES: Doug Ford right that injection sites are wrong

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones (

Published: Jul 10 at 1:16 p.m.

Updated: Jul 11 at 9:40 a.m.

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Not all the lunatics are in the asylum.

Why? Because federal prison officials are providing needles to prisoners, so they can inject themselves with illegal drugs.

Now, Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, is being criticized for damning the use of injection sites in prison and in Canadian cities. Condoning drug use is the most illogical way to combat North America's opioid epidemic. But, what else would work?

The drug problem is like a cancerous growth that kills, not just people. Look at what has happened in Mexico and Columbia. Drug lords have amassed so much money they can bribe politicians, lawyers and the police. In effect, if not eliminated, illegal drugs can eventually destroy society as surely as malignancy kills patients. But will we ever learn from history?

Providing needles and drugs to prisoners is like giving an alcoholic another drink. He, or she, will keep coming back for another one. It also creates another bureaucracy. And in the end, bureaucracy needs the addicts for its employment, more than the addicts need the bureaucracy.

Some readers may think drug injection sites work. If that's the case, why are 42,000 addicts, just in one Canadian province, lining up every week for methadone treatment, costing tens of millions of dollars to overburdened taxpayers?

So what would be effective in combatting the use of illegal drugs? I have bad news for Ford's political critics, bleeding hearts and do-gooders in this country. You will continue to lose the war on drugs unless you bring back the death sentence. And with the current opioid epidemic, the need for capital punishment has never been more obvious.

Years ago in an address to the Empire Club of Toronto I complained that the court system has proven to be too inefficient for illegal drug dealers and that the solution was the creation of a special court to deal quickly with those caught pushing illegal drugs. In other words, the answer was Lee Kuan Yew's "Singapore solution."

The former prime minister of Singapore believed that you don't show your teeth if you're not prepared to bite. He decided to hang drug dealers until they heard this message. And it worked.

But is it such an immoral and unethical crime to hang drug dealers? After all, drug dealers are adding Fentynal to opiate drugs that kill thousands of North Americans. It's a lethal drug combination that ends lives just as surely as pulling the trigger of a loaded gun.

Shakespeare was right when he wrote in the play Hamlet, "Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved. Or not at all".

Ford has his critics. I'm sure they will viciously use every means to attack his opinion on supervised drug-use sites. But he is dead right on this issue, and I hope he does not back away from this important fight.

Moreover, Ford should know that the majority of feedback that I receive from readers conveys this important message. They are opposed to the politically correct, but ineffective, approach to fight this unprecedented drug epidemic.

I don't know if Ford has visited Singapore. But if he has, he's seen a clean and efficient society. The rules are well known, and if you break them, you are held responsible. He would also hear its criticism that our society has become "irresponsibly permissive."

It's my hope that Ford's efforts to fight this cancerous growth of illegal drugs and more injections sites will receive overwhelming public support. Our society has sunk to a new low when some people and organizations believe that prisoners have the right to continue an illegal act even when incarcerated.

History shows that more money, more social workers and injections sites will end in failure. As Aristotle preached, "Punishment is a form a medicine."

Even the Bible is loaded with quotes demanding death for a variety of immoral acts.

So what's the choice? You either learn from Lee Kuan Yew, Aristotle, sage words of capital punishment from the Bible and now the political opinion of Ford - or society descends into chaos.

I'll report what you think.

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones is a syndicated columnist whose medical column appears in The Guardian every Tuesday. Check out his website,, which provides easy access to past columns and medical tips. For comments, readers are invited to email him at He can also be found on Twitter @GiffordJonesMD.

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SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

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"addicts" "lunatics" "drug dealers" "dealers" "Drug lords"13Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
America's Racist Drug laws
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"The drug problem" "crime" "death" "destroy" "cancerous" "problem" "Diseases"9Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
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"society" "America" "Americans" "Community" "our society" "this country"17Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
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use is abuse Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
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propaganda theme6
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"drug epidemic" "epidemic" "war on drugs" "combat" "combatting" "chaos"8Demonize, War (propaganda theme 6)
List of Wars on Concepts
Perpetual war
The Failed War on Drugs (2012)
propaganda_theme7 : drug war propaganda theme: total prohibiton or accesstotal prohibition

propaganda theme7 55%
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"capital punishment" "death sentence" "immoral"5Total Prohibition or Access (propaganda theme 7)
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various drugs  
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"The drug problem"
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methadone opiate  
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"opioid" methadone2Managing Pain
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"opiate"1Managing Pain
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"alcoholic"2Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
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Managing Pain
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"Drugs" "drug" "drug-use"29 
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"illegal drugs" "illegal drug" "drug problem" "drug dealers" "Drug lords" "war on drugs"
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
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"prison" "prisoners" "incarcerated"6Prison Hell in America (Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2011)
Understanding the U.S. Torture State
this is what a police state looks like
Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
US Official Prison Policy: Encourage Men's Rape (2014)
Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex (2012)
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Sing a Little Louder
Prison Rape Widely Ignored by Authorities
Push Back Against Drug War Profiteering with Jury Nullification
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"officials"1Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)

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