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Celtic-End Singer Drugs menace ..Are we to blame? (84* d) RE: Drugs menace ..Are we to blame? 16 Aug 03

I'm certainly not to blame but the collective stupid politician/moral minority/anti-libertarian/brainless masses coalition certaily is.

The so-called "war on drugs" is the problem. If there is 100 tonnes of smack on the street and the police or customs or whoever confiscate 50% of it, there is 50 tonnes left. The laws of economics dictate that the remaining 50 tonnes will double in value or more. The failed attempt at enforced prohibition of narcotics increases the unit price, this actually encourages more criminal entrepreneurs to enter the business and also encourages the violence and acquisitive crime such as muggings, car theft and burglary which finance the whole thing. Furthermore, the harsher the sentences for dealers and smugglers the higher the potential risks, so consequently they will charge more for their services and product. The "war on drugs" as it is presently constituted cannot succeed, each "victory" be it a drug haul, customs stop, prison sentence actually drives the problem on. The only way to manage the drugs economy is for state control of it to introduced, regulating both the purity of the substances concerned as well as the cost and availability. It may even be necessary to subsidise the cost to keep the gangsters out of the economy. Prohibition of an economy doesn't work, never has, never will. And by the way education doesn't work either, you cannot rationalise people out of irrational behaviours. Taking drugs is an irrational risk-taking behaviour, you can't think people out of it. All you can do is provide treatment for the addicts. The alternative solution is for governments to develope less dangerous mind-altering substances to provide a lower-risk or lower-addiction alternative. Don't forget, opium addiction was rife in Victorian Britain right up until the 20's when the introduction of aspirin eliminated the path to addiction travelled by those seeking pain relief.

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