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The issue of the decriminalisation of heroin of Victoria began when there became an apparentincrease of the use of heroin in Victoria suburbs During early December 1995 the publichad heard that heroin was being used in a large scale by the some of the community inparticular Asians living in inner Melbourne suburbs like Footscray The media has givenboth arguments in favour and against the decriminalisation of heroin It has given fair andstrong arguments to support both sides of the argument The first article a letter to theeditor called Dont rush on drugs gives strong arguments apposing decriminalisation Thesecond article is an editorial called A fresh look at drugs gives an in depth look at theissue of the decriminalisation of heroin The third article called Legal drugs also killis against decriminalisation but also opposes other drugs The argument of the decriminalisation of heroin is strongly shown in a letter to the editorprinted in the Herald-Sun on the 12th of March 1996 Appendix 1 by Mr Warwick Murphy Theheadline Dont rush on drugs is quite large compared to the rest of the article whichmakes it stand out The words Dont rush make the reader think that decriminalisation issomething that is happening soon which scare the audience Murphy argues that promoting decriminalisation are academics and researchers those most distant from people who will be affected by any decriminalisation Then Mr Murphy goes on arguing Those against it are parents counsellors rehabilitation staff and most importantly the former users those who are involved directly with people doing drugs This raises questions to the audience about which group they should listen to The author uses logical evidence to convince the audience to open their eyes and start listing to those most affected by heroin Murphy concludes his letter strongly by suggesting that decriminalisation without first having tried these other options seems to be jumping too far too soon Murphy ends the
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