On-site pill tests: a reality check, p. 27
Metalanguage (endorse, recommends, advocates, supports)
Mr Leaves endorses the provision of on-site self-testing pill kits on the grounds that they are the best means of preventing deaths from an overdose.
Presented as a problem-solution style of argument, Mr Leaves contends that the best method of harm minimisation is to try to subvert the shameful actions of ruthless suppliers. (Purpose)
Problem: an increase in unregulated and toxic/poisonous cocktail of drugs such as flakka and liquid acid by unscrupulous dealers (profit making business)
Appeals: Appealing to health and safety issues, as well as to duty of care, Mr Leaves encourages all fair minded, concerned members of the community, especially parents of susceptible/vulnerable young adults, to recognise that in the absence of legalisation, harm minimisation is the next best method of approach.
Include quotes: word level analysis: emotive and critical terms: “brewed in kitchen sinks, filled with cheap toxins”; “with devastating results” ; a “lucrative business” ; such expressions such to shame the perpetrators and expose their callous and ruthlessly, exploitative attitude to drugs.
Argument strategies: solution-style argument
Such a solution has the support of experts and has been tried in international models.
- Evidence of Dr Gammel: the tests are the best method of identifying potentially harmful traces of new chemical compounds that endanger a young adult’s life. Dr Gammel uses cause-and-effect reasoning strategy, that the tests can save lives by identifying NBOme compounds.
- Appeal to health and safety issues which surround the party drug scene
- Comparisons to Portugal: international models of best practice: they are working in other countries to successfully control drug overdoses.
Word level: emotive phrase: “sickening and regular occurrences”: such emotive phrases seek to alarm and anger; make us desperate for some action/solution)