‘Government should consider legalising drugs’ ??

Teenage prostitute smoking crack, London. Model released.I saw this in the Daily Mail and couldn’t quite believe my eyes! The argument seems to be that making them illegal is not stopping the drugs problem, what it is in fact stopping is people from getting jobs because they hava a criminal record.

Possible positives

  • Less people in prison will alleviate prison overcrowding.
  • Less stigma surrounding people with previous drugs convictions
  • Possible proper regulation of the new up and coming market selling ‘legal highs’
  • Proper classification? cannabis and ecstacy are currently inappropriately classified anyway

Possible negatives

  • Easier access may escalate the drugs problem
  • Impact on long term mental and physical health and therefore impact on the already struggling NHS
  • lead people to believe that they are less dangerous than they really are
  • More companies springing up selling ‘legal highs’ – will they be regulated, and will they all be safe? They already aren’t
  • Confusion over the law – they are proposing supplying remain illegal but posession and use become legal.

Drugs expert Kathy Gyngell responed to the report with this comment:

Any decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs would make drugs use go up, which means higher risk of deaths. We are not doing enough to make young people not start in the first place, so this is utterly negligent’

I think I would say I have to agree. Look at Methadone. It was created as a legal substance to help people get off heroin. All that has happened in a lot of cases there is the drugs user either gets hooked to methadone, or simply uses it as an additional drugs input to go with their heroin addiction.

Now people who have been instroduced to Methadone are still addicted, and are now being offerefd yet another drug Suboxone to help them withdraw. Wheree will it ever end?

here is a quote from CAMH – a drugs support organisation:

Myth: It’s easy to get off methadone / It’s hard to get off methadone.

Reality: How could these both be myths? Well it isn’t easy to get off methadone, but it doesn’t have to be hard either. The symptoms of methadone withdrawal come on more slowly than those of heroin withdrawal, but with methadone, the withdrawal process takes longer. When you are ready to go off methadone, your dose will be “tapered,” or gradually reduced, usually at a rate that you determine.

I would love to see the research that supports this argument that the MP’s are now proposing, because I cannot see how it will help at all.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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3 Comments on “‘Government should consider legalising drugs’ ??

  1. Great post. This falls into another example of our duality (if you check out my post from today you’ll understand). I think we should make them all legal, regulate them and tax them to alleviate our struggling prison systems and to counter our deficit. However, I also don’t believe that our government could figure out a way to regulate them that actually works. We don’t have the best track record on things like that.

  2. I agree with djmatticus on this one.

    Over the years, there have been various people saying we should decriminalise drugs (or certain drugs), people like Ron Paul, Professor David Nutt, Sir Ian Gilmore, and most recently The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform.

    Having watched a few documentaries with plenty of experts including ‘The Union’, ‘Our Drugs War’, and ‘Storyville – The House I Live in’, I have concluded that we are losing the drugs war, its costing too much and its doing more harm than good.

    However, I’m not convinced that British people could be trusted to be responsible for themselves if they were allowed to take drugs legally. It might increase the burden on the NHS; it certainly wouldn’t be lessened, because people would abuse alcohol and industrial chemicals (legal highs) less and then start abusing those drugs instead.

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