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Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform
    #16260992 - 05/21/12 02:12 AM (2 years, 4 months ago)

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TONY and Angela Wood will be eating Peking duck at a Chinese restaurant in Hornsby next Sunday, a tradition they established to commemorate the birthday of their daughter, Anna. She would have been turning 32 on that day and Peking duck was her favourite food.

It seems extraordinary that almost 17 years have passed since the 15-year-old schoolgirl died in October 1995 after having taken an ecstasy tablet at a rave party, combined with what a coroner later determined was a dangerous amount of water.

The tragedy rocked the state, generating headlines and soul-searching for weeks. Anna was an innocent abroad from an upright family and her fate tolled a warning to all parents: it could happen to your child.

''When we bump into some of her school friends … I hardly recognise them, they're so grown up,'' Mr Wood told the Herald. ''That's when you start to think 'What would she be like today?'''

The drugs policy issue has been reignited by a report from Australia21, a group of experts and high-profile citizens who have declared the ''war on drugs'' a failed policy and called for a debate on new directions. While many people, including the former head of the Australian Federal Police Mick Palmer, appear to have softened or changed their hardline views over the decade, the Woods remain staunchly opposed to retreat from all-out war.

''There's a small group of well-funded, well-versed individuals who are pushing for the legalisation of illicit drugs,'' said Mr Wood, who, at 69, still works as a private investigator. ''We can't allow this to happen.''

He wants a zero-tolerance approach, believing the nation's harm minimisation policy has failed. And he thinks the so-called ''war'' has been little more than a skirmish. He has no time for needle exchange or methadone programs, or the Kings Cross injecting room.

''We're not going to change until we get tougher on drugs,'' he said.

Mrs Wood is uninterested in the distinctions experts make between decriminalisation, legalisation and controlled use policies such as those applied to cigarettes and tobacco. ''I don't draw those lines,'' she said. ''Making drugs more available will exacerbate the problems.''

While the Woods act from gut feeling and high emotion, the former NSW police minister John Watkins, from Labor's Left faction, bases his support for the status quo on hard reflection.

The father of five - aged eight to 31 - counts himself lucky to have no firsthand experience of the impact of illicit drugs. Despite having grown up in the 1970s, he never tried marijuana.

''Alcohol was my drug of choice,'' he said.

Mr Watkins opposed the decriminalisation of drugs at the 1999 NSW Drug Summit, despite his faction supporting it. ''I've thought about it a lot between then and now and I'm still opposed,'' he said. He supports harm minimisation, diversion programs and sentencing options. But decriminalisation, ''whatever that means'', would lead to greater acceptance of drugs and, hence, greater use, especially by young people. It would not reduce harm and possibly increase it, he said.

When the Woods share their meal on Sunday with their daughter Alice, 34, her husband, Neil, and their children, Reg, 3, and Eric, three months, it will be a happy occasion. ''There are a lot of bad memories,'' Mrs Wood said, ''but Anna's birth was not one of them.''


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/no-retreat-in-this-fight-anna-woods-parents-want-zerotolerance-20120520-1yz14.html#ixzz1vTvphOR7




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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Canberra]
    #16261006 - 05/21/12 02:16 AM (2 years, 4 months ago)

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Mrs Wood is uninterested in the distinctions experts make between decriminalisation, legalisation and controlled use policies such as those applied to cigarettes and tobacco. ''I don't draw those lines,'' she said. ''Making drugs more available will exacerbate the problems.''




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While the Woods act from gut feeling and high emotion...




This paper is very obviously pro drug law reform, I love how the write takes the piss out of the parents :laugh:


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Canberra]
    #16261008 - 05/21/12 02:16 AM (2 years, 4 months ago)

Old men being old men.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Canberra] * 2
    #16261016 - 05/21/12 02:19 AM (2 years, 4 months ago)

Very sad story but the programs he's protesting could have saved his girl.  Had she access to real drug education she would have learned the danger of over hydrating.  Can't be too hard on the parents though, this would be very traumatic and they are doing what they think is best to save more kids.  I just wish they weren't so misguided.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: gonzoapprentice92]
    #16261640 - 05/21/12 08:42 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

How exactly is this news? It's people against drugs. It's been that way for a hundred years.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Canberra] * 2
    #16261648 - 05/21/12 08:49 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

Clearly their daughter would have been better off in prison............


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Heffy]
    #16261655 - 05/21/12 08:56 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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Clearly their daughter would have been better off in prison............




Better off in prison than dead?
Yes, that's correct from the parents' point of view.

You can get out of prison, but you aren't going to get out of being dead.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Doc_T]
    #16261674 - 05/21/12 09:09 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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Doc_T said:
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Heffy said:
Clearly their daughter would have been better off in prison............




Better off in prison than dead?
Yes, that's correct from the parents' point of view.

You can get out of prison, but you aren't going to get out of being dead.





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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: jebre]
    #16261681 - 05/21/12 09:10 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

Technically true, I guess.
Unless you die from a drug overdose and don't have time to repent and confess.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Heffy]
    #16261789 - 05/21/12 10:21 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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Clearly their daughter would have been better off in prison............



It would be mean but it would be so satisfying to say that to their faces


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Doc_T]
    #16261834 - 05/21/12 10:44 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

Certain drugs being illegal worked to protect their daughter - not!


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: bloodsheen]
    #16261836 - 05/21/12 10:45 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

The zero-tolerance approach would have made Anna Wood a criminal, not a victim.

And, it allows the parents to blame society for the failed upbringing of their own child, still taking candy from strangers at reproductive maturity.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: durian_2008] * 1
    #16261841 - 05/21/12 10:47 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

So technically she died from a water overdose. Why aren't they asking water to be illegal?


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Nullface] * 1
    #16261991 - 05/21/12 11:44 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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So technically she died from a water overdose. Why aren't they asking water to be illegal?





right.


LOL


"ITS THE MDMA's FAULT THAT MY DAUGHTER WAS UNINFORMED AND DRANK HERSELF TO DEATH ON.... WATER!!!"


its not like mdma even makes you that thirsty, its the fucking stigma that you HAVE to drink water.


this bitch got killed by following like a sheep :shrug:


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Nullface]
    #16262016 - 05/21/12 11:53 AM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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So technically she died from a water overdose. Why aren't they asking water to be illegal?




Because droogz sound scarier then water.

I couldn't imagine losing a child, but it's been 17 years. They need to move on and stop trying to push the blame on someone or something for their daughter's death.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Greendreams]
    #16262063 - 05/21/12 12:03 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

The denial and ignorance just amazes me. I guess it takes the death of your only daughter to be in this much denial.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: withoutawire]
    #16262461 - 05/21/12 01:41 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

Despite having grown up in the 1970s, he never tried marijuana.

''Alcohol was my drug of choice,'' he said.

:stanhopefacepalm:

I don't think decriminalization is the answer.  But certainly something like this wouldn't have happened if she was better educated...


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: SporesAndSpores]
    #16262921 - 05/21/12 03:45 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

These people shouldn't get the time of an article, get off your high horse.


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Artice] * 2
    #16263168 - 05/21/12 04:50 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

It always makes me sad when those that have directly witnessed the deadly effects of the war on drugs, become its most vicious defendants. This war will not end until those people realize what really killed their children. :frown:


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Re: Parents of dead teen oppose drug law reform [Re: Lord_McLovin]
    #16263232 - 05/21/12 05:05 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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Lord_McLovin said: This war will not end until those people realize what really killed their children. :frown:





Poor choices killed this kid.
Not the drug war. And not the drugs.
Her own actions and choices killed her.

Think legalization would help that?
Alcohol and tobacco kill people who make poor choices with them.
Acetaminophen too, people die all the time because they abuse it.
Poor choices are the cause here. Not the drugs.


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