Friday, 25 September 2009


In North Wales we have children as young as 10 carrying guns and knives, smoking cannabis and committing sexual assaults. These are the children of a generation that allowed itself to become besotted with alcohol and illegal drugs; a number of their parents are too dysfunctional to provide any guidance.

The fashion for substance abuse, which dates back to the 1960s, probably contributes to a steady rise in the number of dementia (particularly Alzheimer’s) patients, which is growing anyway because we are living longer. It is predicted that in less than 20 years there could be a million people in the UK suffering dementia.

The cost of caring for these people is a time bomb for taxpayers of the future. Tough strategies against the alcohol industry and illegal drugs trade now might help to ease the situation in the future. It would be a disgrace if the main political parties continued into the next general election with no credible policies on these issues.