According to the Sydney Morning Herald on January 21, Cate Faehrmann, an Australian Green Party politician, recently admitted that she had a history of drug abuse and called on the government to stop its zero tolerance policy on drugs and change to drug testing.
In an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Ferman not only disclosed her drug use experience and family history, but also mentioned that people she knew, including journalists, workers, lawyers, civil servants, police and politicians, had done the same thing.
Kate Ferman, 48, is currently a Green Party member of the House of Lords of New South Wales, Australia. In her article, Kate mentioned that her mother had been addicted to prescription drugs, and her history of drug use dates back to the 1990s, when she was a college student, when she planted marijuana in her backyard with a roommate who shared a rent, and then she came into contact with MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or ecstasy) drugs.
We know its illegal to do so, but were ready to take risks. After all, having fun is the most important thing. She wrote so.
At that time, Australia did not have regulations for anti-drug dogs at major music festivals or Carnival parties, but now such activities are strictly searched for participants at the entrance. Kate said such measures led some drug users to choose to take a large number of different drugs before entering the hospital (to avoid searches) and to die more easily from drug overdoses.
In fact, since September 2018, there have been six accidents in Australia where revellers have died of drug overdoses. To deal with this situation, New South Wales announced a series of new regulations on staff working at festivals and carnivals on January 19, announcing fines of up to A$10,000 (about 50,000 yuan) and penalties for one years imprisonment.
On the day of the announcement of the regulation, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Sydney City Hall to ask New South Wales Governor Gladys Berejiklian to change her tough attitude toward drugs and implement a drug testing system at the festival.
Demonstrators demanding a drug testing system
Pill Testing refers to a method that allows drug users to hand over the drugs they are prepared to use to a specialized testing agency, which gives the appropriate dose and purity to reduce the health damage caused by their drug use.
Kate is a supporter of the system. In her article, she called on politicians to really understand drugs and recognize that drugs are a health problem rather than a crime problem, and said that the tough attitude of the government towards drugs not only makes drug control a catastrophic failure, but also causes more people to lose their lives.
But New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard told the Australian Associated Press on January 21 that her comments sounded like recognition of drug abuse.
She seems to be saying,I used drugs, and then its okay, so youre okay with it, and I think its a very, very bad sign for young people. Hazard said.
But Kate called Hazards statement absurd nonsense, telling the Australian Associated Press that young people no longer listen to the government because the governments response is to treat them as fools.
Kate told the media that in Australia, 5,000 people die each year from alcoholism, while tobacco causes nearly 20,000 deaths each year. Any drug, whether legal or not, is extremely dangerous as long as it exceeds the dose. (There is no word drug in English, only the concept of legal and illegal Drugs.)
Kate also cited her family as an example. Her father was heavily addicted to cigarettes, while her mother was heavily addicted to opioids and benzodiazepines, such as diazepam, and died of drug-related cancers.
If a person smokes, drinks or abuses prescription drugs, the hypocrisy of the warningNo Drug Useis obvious to him. As legislators, we cant choose to ignore or blindly tell the public that their actual experience is inconsistent. What we need is a frank discussion based on the feelings of drug addicts.
Despite Kates remarks, the governor of New South Wales reiterated his zero tolerance attitude towards drugs on January 21.
Gratis Begillian, Governor of New South Wales
In addition, Scott Morrison, Australias current prime minister, recently flatly denied opposition leader Bill Shortens suspicion that he might have taken drugs while in college.