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'Pharmaceutical Catalyst' 

Editor:

Regarding the recent coverage of violent crimes in Arcata ("Lawlessness," Nov. 1) the author points out several contributing factors that may or may not acerbate the spike in an attempt to identify a remedy.

The story cited alcohol and drugs and training by the Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control. My observation is that no matter the level of training, if a patron ingested a pill and then ordered an alcoholic beverage, it would be impossible to determine the level of intoxication.

If there is a cross reaction/time release where one drink intensifies with a pharmaceutical catalyst, read the pill bottle you get at the doctor or dentist. They almost all say do not consume alcohol after using. Just an observation on behalf of the bar owners, no excuses for violence.

Randy Myers, Arcata

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