Special Notes

Short and to the point . . . a brief summary from the Orange U3A Lively Discussion Group when they discussed:

A Term 3 topic discussed by the Lively Discussion Group was:
Education campaigns can’t and won’t neutralise the lure of drugs (including alcohol)
Do you agree with this statement? WHY?
A. NO CAMPAIGNS can inform, educate and help to change attitudes, and smoking is one example of this. Drugs of all types are seen as ‘cool’ within peer groups, and are often seen as helpful by the unemployed and those who are socially isolated.
Q. What could/should be the answer to this serious, social problem?
A. Society should DECRIMINALISE drug taking, so that it’s seen as a medical problem and not a criminal one. Possible legalisation of some drugs needs to be considered. Humans have always taken various types of drugs (e.g. opium). Safe injecting rooms need to be increased.
A. Government control of the drug industry would help to ensure the quality of drugs and raise revenue to medically  help addicts and their families. Unfortunately, the drug industry in its many forms, results in big profits for criminals . If a grandchild was caught up in the drug scene, we would  ‘move heaven and earth to help them and support their family.’

CONCLUSION: This proved to be a very challenging and serious topic, and is obviously an extremely, serious concern across society. There seems to be no quick and  easy answers, especially in the case of drugs such as ‘ice.’

The new drink driving law for NSW is unfair and too severe
Q. Do you agree with this statement? WHY ?
A. All groups disagreed with the statement. Reasons included: There are too many deaths and injuries caused by drink drivers. The devastating impact on the families of drink drivers AND their victims needs to be considered.  Most road deaths can be linked to alcohol and other drugs. The use of mobile phones and “hoons” on our roads are also a serious concern (‘testosterone-fuelled yobs’.)
Q. What other aspects of road rules need to be ‘tightened’?
A. The long list included: ‘tail-gaters’; roundabout rules; driver fatigue (one-third of accident fatalities are caused by driver fatigue!!!!); texting while driving is common; some very old drivers whose  driving skills are obviously impaired.

CONCLUSION: The answers to those two questions would probably have been different 20 or 30 years ago. Today’s society is more aware of risks associated with drink/drug driving, not wearing seat belts, driver fatigue etc. The one question on member’s minds was: “Are there enough police and devices to effectively enforce these laws?”