SPORTS CODES AWASH WITH DRUGS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
What we hear about is only the tip of the iceberg because media has paid many millions for rights and they, and the clubs, fear adverse publicity. I am not saying these drugs are taken for enhanced performance but more and more players are constantly testing positive to drugs that have been taken in players’ own free time.
Deals have been done between clubs and code administrators whereby players are given the option of being reported in the normal way or taking time off on the basis of a perceived mental illness or pretend injuries, to attend rehab centres.
I can’t divulge any names on the lists provided to me from various sources as they are mere sources and I have difficulty getting confirmation from any authority... and players hang up as soon as the word drug is mentioned.
But my experience is that when this many unrelated sources confirm a story, then something big is afoot that mainstream media will not (or cannot) touch.
The main drug concerned is cocaine and I can’t see how that could be performance enhancing... it is usually taken as a party drug with indigenous players reportedly concentrating on ice.
I have no idea how ice will affect a player’s performance but the amounts the Federal Police are hauling lately are astonishing.
Border Force Commander Sheehan said a total of five tonnes of methamphetamines and precursors to the drug has been seized in the past six months. Ice is cheaper but cocaine is more readily available.
"The commercial scale of drug trafficking comes hand in glove with the potential for violence, as evidenced in Western Sydney by the seizure of an increasing supply of illegal hand guns," Commander Sheehan said.
Increased police monitoring of night clubs using sniffer dogs has seen record amounts of a variety of drugs seized. Yet as soon as a large seizure is made, the same, if not more of the same drug, immediately fills the void. “It’s a losing battle”, another officer said.
Over $1 billion worth of ice in various containers
Pics of AFP Officers standing behind these massive drug hauls, serve the AFP well in terms of them doing their job, but the unfortunate results for users are devastating.
Once a shortage is established the street price immediately increases convincing backyard factories to mushroom and new suppliers to ramp up production. The quality is then invariably poor, depending on what is laced with it to increase quantities.
The problem will never be solved with prohibition, just as prohibition never solved the alcohol problem. Cheaper and dangerously poisonous industrial alcohol, used during the early 1920s and 30s, killed 10,000 users who frequented the speakeasies of New York alone.
The skyrocketing cost, and harmful effects of alcohol, has convinced many that party drugs are the go, and well worth the risk.
Overdosing today is common, but the reason for so many deaths is that users continually try to achieve the same ethereal effect they had the first time they used it.That just doesn’t happen, so they keep taking the stuff, “chasing the dragon”, until the amount, maybe not the poisonous nature of the substance itself, kills them.
I know you guys think I’m mad, but sooner or later there must be some control. Drugs must be regulated eventually. What we do now is simply not working because people will always take what they want. And the illegality makes it that much more attractive, as alcohol once was.
Stoned kids, could one be yours?
Footballers will do what they want to, but we cannot allow our kids to die needlessly any longer. You can’t keep asking your kid to abstain from whatever his or her peers are doing. Sooner or later he/she will succumb.
Regulation and the treatment of unfortunately addicted users is far more effective and cheaper than throwing them in gaol and sustaining an entire AFP Border Force that is only exacerbating a worsening drug problem.