The prejudice and stigmatisation exhibited by members of the press sickens me at times. Look at this quote from the so-called intellectual newspaper, the Sunday Times.
'A pilot scheme is encouraging druggies to kick the habit by giving them money to donate to charity'
I suggest we have a name and shame campaign to tackle this sort of trash - I am of course referring to the term 'druggies'. In this case, the trashie reporter is called John Mooney.
I did send in a comment this morning criticising the newspaper, but have yet to see it up and it is evening now.
By the way, the article is worth looking at - an interesting pilot scheme taking place in drug services in Dublin.
Maybe, we could unite on this one, rather than some people taking 'pops' at others. My blogs are there to try and induce informed debate, not to be a forum for insults. I know it's tough at times, but let's try to maintain some decorum.
And one last gripe - why do so many people in this field insist on operating on a black vs white agenda, with no middle ground?
If someone says that there is too much of (A), we need some (B)... that does not mean they want to get rid of (A). For example, you can criticise the current system of dishing out methadone without providing additional support for people - and say we are not focused enough on helping people find recovery...
WITHOUT being against methadone!!