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VIGILANTES tarred and feathered a suspected drug dealer in Belfast - claiming police refused to take action.

The man, in his 30s, was tied to a lamppost by masked men on the loyalist Taughmonagh estate. But UDA paramilitaries said they were not involved.

Their advisors said local people took action because they had lost confidence in the police over the matter.


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all to true mate, there is no one answer or quick fix for this, i think alot of parents think if they ignore it itl go away or there kids will grow out of it but kids are getiin into class A's very young these days, where do they go from here? down! if they don't deal with it now


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As you say Ross no quick fix solution here mate


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i know its not right in the eyes of the law but what those people did in Belfast sounds like a last ditch effort to reclaim there streets, fair play to them


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Nothing new over there mate


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aye a know, if the police wont sort it sumdy has to tho eh


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The problem is they will run out of tar and feathers before they run out of drug dealers to use them oan. Bilko


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Well put Bilko

SCOTLAND'S death toll from drugs has reached record levels and there is no sign of any slowdown.

Official figures published yesterday show a 37 per cent rise in the number of addicts killed by drugs last year and a 7 per cent rise in the number of deaths among recreational users.

The total number of drug deaths - 421 - was 10 per cent above the highest previously recorded total of 382 in 2002, and is equivalent to more than one death per day.

Experts and politicians called for a radical overhaul of Scotland's drug policies in the wake of the figures from the Registrar General for Scotland.

Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, admitted that the report was "extremely concerning" and promised a fresh look at the drugs issue.

A total of 280 addicts were killed by their habit in Scotland in 2006, a rise of 76 on 2005, and another 141 people, who were not drug dependent, died from overdoses - a rise of nine on the previous year.

Particularly worrying is the rate at which drug addicts are now dying compared to the situation just ten years ago.

In 1996, there were 244 drugs deaths in all categories, of which 175 were addicts.

The authorities will also have been alarmed by the continuing rise of deaths involving hard drugs. In 1996, heroin and morphine were involved in just 84 deaths. By last year, these drugs were involved in 260 deaths - a new record.

But there has also been a steady rise in fatalities involving other drugs. Methadone was involved in 97 deaths last year and diazepam in 78.

Cocaine and ecstasy were involved in 33 and 13 deaths respectively, but in many cases drugs were found in combination - 19 of the 33 cocaine deaths also involved heroin, morphine or methadone.

David Liddell, director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, said the rising death rate reflected the cross-generational nature of drug dependency today.

He said: "We have a wide range of people with a drug problem now, including people in their fifties. These people have been using for 20 years or more and their health has potentially been significantly damaged - possibly with hepatitis C or with liver damage".

Mr Liddell said that the only effective way to tackle the problem was with a "step change" in the amount of money being invested in rehabilitation and other services for addicts.

He said: "We are spending maybe £1,000 to £2,000 on drug treatment for each individual. We need to spend between £7,000 and £10,000.

"We need to provide people with an incentive, to support and encourage them and show them there is a life worth living beyond drug use."

Tom Wood, the chairman of the Scottish Association of Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, said the future was bleak, for the short term, because of the large number of people with long-running addictions.

He said: "Hardly any of these people are dying because of what they did on the day they died; they are dying because they have been living that way for the last ten, 15 or even 20 years."

But Mr Wood said there was now some evidence that 14- and 15-year-olds were making "much more mature" choices about drugs and that gave a "glimmer of hope" for the future. He added that drug action teams were getting better at targeting those most at risk now, which he also hoped would save lives.

Some 162 of the deaths, or 38 per cent of the overall total, were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area.

This was an increase of 51 on 2005 - but Grampian's total death toll more than doubled, from 23 to 47.

Lothian, however, saw a reduction in its annual total from 57 to 46.

The national figures also showed there had been a sharp fall in the number of deaths linked to temazepam, and while the number of deaths involving cocaine rose to a high of 44 in 2005, it fell back last year to 33.

Ecstasy was involved in 13 deaths last year, compared with ten the previous year and 20 in both 2001 and 2002.

Mr MacAskill called drug abuse "perhaps the most significant social problem of our time".

"We need to improve access to effective treatment and care and get better at educating our young people about the dangers of drug misuse, providing support and protection for those affected by their parents' habits," he said.

"Our new strategy must tackle demand as well as supply and we will place renewed focus on education, tough enforcement, and a new emphasis on diversion and prevention by offering more young people opportunities in sports and the arts to build self-esteem."

The Conservatives called the figures "deeply depressing and chilling", and the Scottish Tory leader, Annabel Goldie, demanded a better approach to rehabilitation.

She said: "We need a clearer strategy which rehabilitates those caught up in a life of drugs and helps them on the way to abstinence, whilst at the same time adopting a zero-tolerance attitude to drugs and especially towards drug dealers."

The Lib Dem health spokesman, Ross Finnie, said: "For those who use drugs, we need more early intervention to help them get off the habit. There also needs to be a renewed effort against dealers, large and small, to get them off our streets."

And Hugh Henry, for Labour, said: "These figures paint a disturbing picture and it is clear measures already in place are not addressing all the issues. If the issue is about more resources then Labour will back the Executive if it wants to make more money available.

"But I suspect this is about more than just money and what is really needed is a radical rethink by experts in the field. Every drug death is a needless loss and a tragedy to that person's family."


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that was sum read, this type of information realy shows what a sorry state our country is in


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With special thanks to JK...
 
Dont know if we already have this one...but a reminder all the same

 

Heroin

 

Behold my friend I am Heroin,known by all as the destroyer of men!

Where I come from no-one knows, a far away place where the poppies grow.

I came to this country without getting caught, since that day ive been hunted and sought.

 

Whole nations have gathered to plot my destruction, they call me the breeder of crime and corruption.

I am more potent than whiskey, more deadly than wine, yes i am the scourge of all mankind.

My little white grains are nothing but waste, I am soft and fluffy and bitter to taste.

I am white, I am brown but deadly to use. for once your addicted I really abuse!!

 

I am known in Thailand, Iraq and Iran. I am welcome in Turkey and ive been to Japan.

In cellophane bags i make my way, to men in offices and children at play.

From the heads of state to the lowest of scum.

I take a rich man and make him poor; I take a maiden and make her a whore.

Make a beautiful woman forget her looks and a student forget his books.

 

I can make you steal, lie, borrow and beg.

Then search for a vein in your arm or your leg. I am known to be selfish and can fill you with greed.

Still faceless, regardless of religion or creed.

 

My gift is illusion, my blessing is fake, and death and destruction follow my wake.

I am the kiss of death to all whom i touch.

I start as a gift and remain as a crutch.

My friends are many, but i am loyal to none. I come to destroy and my work will be done.

 

Some think of me as mearly a toy, but wise men know i aim to destroy.

Run from me if you wish, I will never give chase, for sooner or later you will return for a taste.

Once in your bloodstream, you`ll think me not mean. You will praise me a master, then nod in a dream.

 

You have heard my warning, but will take no heed.

Put your foot in this stirrup and mount this great steed.

Get right in the saddle and hold on real well.......

For the "White Horse"...Heroin will take you to hell!!!!!!!!   

 
 

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this guys commited to his drug free lifestyle, not a very well done tattoo tho


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Brilliant message to send out

You have heard my warning, but will take no heed.

Put your foot in this stirrup and mount this great steed.

Get right in the saddle and hold on real well.......

For the "White Horse"...Heroin will take you to hell!!!!!!!!  

 

 


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on the egde topic again, jist wanted to show you guys a good hardcore show and how these kids are having fun going crazy without drugs
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Nice one Ross mate  Ten Yard Fight - Back On Track, Hardcore Pride


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hardcore pride makes me want to go off, controlled aggression at its finest


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