Your article titled "Cards target legal and illegal drugs" (Wednesday, Jan. 16) got my interest enough to review the cards.
While this might be a good idea, the cards are no more than a bad replay of the Reefer Madness movie.
The cards on LSD and mushrooms only talk about bad trips, death and flashbacks. They fail to mention that most people who use these drugs have positive experiences, gain inspiration and insight and would mostly use them again given the chance to do so.
The card on cannabis similarly only talks about the rare cases that result in problems. This is the classic problem with prohibition and the drug war - when you lie to kids and don't tell them the full story, they will find out from personal experience that you have lied to them and then they will assume everything you told them about speed and opiates is also a lie.
This is why this type of propaganda is ultimately counterproductive and harmful to our kids. If you are going to publish articles like this, you should do a little more research before promoting things like this that are bad for our kids.
Dave Lane Santa Cruz, Calif.