Cops’ war on drugs handcuffed by rules

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THE death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter after ingesting ecstasy at a Sydney dance festival two weeks ago has launched a thousand family conversations.

Out of such tragedy parents hope will come a ‘teaching ­moment’ about the perils of drug use.

But if they didn’t know ­already, this city is awash with drugs, and the best parental advice is not enough.

“In 20 years I’ve never seen it this bad,” one veteran police officer says.

Buying illicit drugs has never been so cheap and easy. Drugs effectively have been decriminalised, under the noses and against the wishes of most Australians.

This is not what police want. They are demoralised by their impotence.

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