Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Zero Tolerance I

Of Mule Dung and Ash writes a couple of posts about zero tolerance laws. Zero Tolerance as a Product of the War on Drugs and Zero Tolerance Gone Wild. He makes some excellent points about the problems with these laws. Even if you agree with the drug laws, these zero tolerance policies only encourage incompetence.

Nice and simple is what they promise.

Mean and stupid is what they deliver.

How do we differentiate among degrees of guilt, if we prohibit discrimination among degrees of guilt? We have made it impossible.

We have degree of guilt with murder, so why not possession of medication – a legal drug. In his first example, the evil drug is ibuprofen. That is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin. The student involved is a 13 year old girl. What idiot would deprive a female, old enough to menstruate, of effective medication? Is this an old Superman plot of the evil archvillain, Lex Luthor? Is this an attempt to get lazy men to work, by driving them out of the home? Is this a kinder gentler form of genital mutilation?

No, this appears to be some adult virgin male demonstrating why he is still a virgin. If he is not a virgin, it is only because he has raped someone.

While I will probably never write The Rogue Medic Guide to Being a Lady’s Man, I do know enough to never get between a woman and her ibuprofen, her chocolate, and her muscle relaxant. If you did not know about the muscle relaxant, consider the meaning of the ominous word that follows menstrual. It is CRAMPS.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist, brain surgeon, gynecologist to see the connection.

This idiot has tried to break up the Holy Trinity of inter-gender relations. And for you lesbians out there, he hasn’t been doing you any favors, either.

Men and lesbians. To your battle stations. The future of the world is at stake. Hold on. Let’s not leave out the straight women, they benefit from these wonder drugs almost as much as lesbians do. Everybody, that is everybody except this obscene twerp. To your battle stations.

OK, perhaps a bit over the top. BTW, massage can be used to make it a Holy Quartet (which does not make it a string quartet).

One quote, Sullum further says that “Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between drug warriors and child molesters.”

I’m a bit more liberal than most in drug policy. I do not see a reason to differentiate between drug warriors and child molesters, but for those of you who might, this is somebody way out of control. Why is the person out of control?

I was just following orders.

Isn’t that what zero tolerance boils down to?

I don’t think. I just follow orders.

Oh boy. I forgot the most important parts. Not only did she not have any of this dangerous drug (ibuprofen) on her, they strip searched this 13 year old to prove it. If I were her father, I would probably be in prison right now.