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Presenter to take heroin on TV

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Presenter to take heroin on TV

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Posted: 1327 GMT (2127 HKT)

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A television presenter on a
new Dutch talk show plans to take heroin and other illegal
drugs on air in a program intended to reach young audiences
on topics that touch their lives, producers said Wednesday.

The show, scheduled to premier on late-night television
October 10, is called "Spuiten & Slikken," or the "Shoot Up
and Swallow" show.

Even in the liberal Netherlands, where marijuana is sold
and used openly, the proposed action by presenter Filemon
Wesselink is illegal, and the idea was met with dismay by
the governing center-right Christian Democrat party.

"This is dangerous and it sets a bad example," party
spokesman Pieter Heerma said. "We're going to ask the
justice minister for his view on what the law says about
this, and his view on the dangers and risks involved."

Justice Ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes said it was not
immediately clear whether Wesselink could be prosecuted.
Possession of any amount of heroin is illegal, but in
practice police usually do not have resources to chase
after people with less than a half a gram.

"The actual taking of drugs is a health problem, not a
criminal act, though it's obviously hard to take drugs
without possessing them first," Hommes said. "In any case
it's not something we endorse, and doing it on television
is undesirable."

The Shoot Up & Swallow show's main hostess will interview
guests about drug use and abuse, while Wesselink and
another presenter will carry out in-the-field experiments
with sex and drugs.

Wesselink, 26, plans to take heroin in the form of a pill,
said Ingrid Timmer, a spokeswoman for the show's producer

"It's not our intention to create an outcry. We just want
to talk about subjects that are part of young people's
lives," Timmer said.

In other segments of the show, Wesselink plans to go on a
drinking binge in a series of pubs. He also will try LSD --
on his couch under the supervision of his mother.

The Netherlands is known for its marijuana policy, where
sale and use of the drug in small quantities are not
prosecuted even though technically illegal. Other drugs,
including LSD, cocaine, Ecstasy and heroin are outlawed and
dealers are prosecuted. The legal age for the consumption
of alcohol and tobacco is 16.

According to information from the Netherlands' Trimbos
Institute, which monitors international drug use, the Dutch
are about average.

The institute says 6 percent of Dutch have used marijuana
recently, compared with 8 percent in the United States, 9
percent in Britain and 9 percent in France.

For cocaine, it was 1.1 percent in Holland -- and rising
quickly -- compared to 1.3 percent in the United States,
1.5. percent in Britain and 0.3 percent in France.
Comparable data for heroin use were not available.

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rewritten, or redistributed.


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