“I see STONED people”
Albury city councilor Arthur Fraunfelder (above) has claimed “around half” of late night patrons in Dean Street are effected by drugs and that this was the real reason for late night violence on the strip.
“You can see it in their eyes” he claimed.
Now I’d hardly be foolish enough to deny that drugs are a serious problem, of course they are. They are problematic at every level of Australian society, why should little old Albury be immune.
But c’mon Artie, you’re sounding like an old fogie. You’ll excuse me if I don’t find one bloke’s arbitrary opinion about who is on drugs and who isn’t all that compelling.
If you want to convince people about statistics relating to drug use in the region, put up some hard data, like the kind of data collected by the health department, or local drug and alcohol workers (if you can find some).
Even the emergency department at the Base hospital could provide more compelling evidence than walking down Dean Street and saying “you look stoned, you look stoned, oh you’re DEFINITELY stoned, you’re probably stoned…”
I mean, if we’re going to be in the business of accusing people of being on drugs without evidence to back it up, maybe they all appeared “stoned” to Cr Fraunfelder because HE was ripped off HIS nut.
The greater problem about Cr Fraunfelder’s outburst, is that it downplays the destructive role of alcohol within our community.
Source any (reliable) research data you like, you’ll find that for sheer numbers, the greatest drug mortality/ morbidity in our community comes from tobacco and alcohol, in that order.
Arthur Fraunfelder’s assertion that alcohol isn’t as significant a contributing factor in violent incidents as illicit drugs is simply not evidence based.
In fact it doesn’t even appear reality based.
The amount of scholarly literature available online is overwhelming. Alcohol is the number one substance involved in violent crime.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad someone has raised the fact that drugs are a problem in our community, but this kind of unquantified rubbish aimed at diverting the blowtorch which ought rightly be applied to alcohol and the industry which supplies it, is misguided and counterproductive.