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.
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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