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Community Protection is provided in a number of ways. It starts with people who acknowledge there is a problem or who want to avoid certain problems and that they want a solution, preferably a solution that is proactive rather than reactive.

For instance the difference in democratically voting a community such as a native reservation to be 'dry' (no alcoholic drinks) versus finding a preemptive solution is the difference between reactive and proactive solutions. When proactive solutions aren't available or can't be found by wise and considerate people then reactive solutions are chosen. Advocates of freedoms need to consider the common good and suggest alternatives that would work, not just advocate wide open access to problematic concerns such as alcohol. Those who live in situations where they can see the many abuses and problems associated with substance abuse, can see that solutions are seldom forthcoming except as heavy-handed prohibition or onerous penalties. They often know it isnít the best solution, but at least it works in the short term. The proactive solution starts with knowing what the concerns are, and how to test for them, and how to then take action to solve the problems before they are excessive.

Consider the stats on this http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/pblct/forum/e024/e024g-eng.shtml and you will see why some communities with substance abuse problems choose to become 'dry'. A lot more communities should consider putting limits to the hours bars can be open or amounts that can be purchased per day at local supply outlets. If alsochol were treated as a prescription drug and not as a lubricant for entertainment attitudes would change.

Saskatchewan, where we are, has an increasing problem with alcohol abuse in relation to driving and late night crimes under the influence of alcohol. The government struggles to find a solution, yet no abatement in the problem is occurring; it's steadily rising even though penalties have also increased. Domestic terrorism by drunks is tolerated in isolated towns where police are scarce or non-existent, along with a high death toll to drinking and driving. Is there a solution? Sure; it means caring people must implement limits and ensure responsibility is taken. In addition SK has a hugely disproportionate percentage of its inmates who are aboriginal, people who committed crimes while drunk or on drugs. (It would be helpful to know how many of the offenders are victims of infant formulas with soy as a primary product, causing manganosis.)

Some solutions are discriminatory, however what it really reveals is that substance abuse is highly contributory to impulsive acts that are crimes and the problem isn't limited to current consumption. Knowledge is needed and must be shared to reduce the problems.

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