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Prohibit Drugs or Rechannel Resources?

The author of the opinion-page article ``Surgeon General's Critique of Drug Policy Deserved Better,'' Jan. 6, claims that abandoning Prohibition did not cure alcoholism but did cure many of Prohibition's side effects. But the consumption and abuse of alcohol has increased tremendously. Decriminalizing the use of drugs would surely result in vastly increased drug use and would substitute other social problems for criminal activity. E. Everett Edwards, Doylestown, Pa.

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