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NSW govt gives up fight on drugs: Libs

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NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam says the NSW government has given up its fight against drugs.

News Limited papers report NSW police are failing to issue cautions to people aged under 17 who are caught in possession of drugs.

Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show only 42 cautions were issued for the possession of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines in 2006.

Mr Debnam said the report shows the government has gone soft in its approach to counter drug use.

"The fact of the matter is the Labor Party gave up on drugs in NSW and they have surrendered," Mr Debnam told reporters.

"What we want is to simply enforce the law. Why hasn't that happened?

"It is because the Labor Party is adopting a softly-softly approach to drugs over the last decade and police haven't got the resources."

The opposition's promise to introduce 1,700 additional police officers, if elected to government on March 24, will enable a tougher stance to be taken by the NSW Police force, Mr Debnam said.

"We will enforce the law, it's as simple as that," he said.

"The drug laws are there, we will enforce the law."

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