Monday, December 18, 2006

Illegal Drugs are they worth it

The recent horrifying events in Ipswich, have highlighted the extent and damage caused by Britain's illegal drug industry. The fact that the victims were apparently all dependent on expensive illegal drugs and therefore trapped and compelled to work in the sex trade adds to their tragedy.

It's pretty obvious to most people that drug addicts have little or no control over their desire to consume Alcohol Tobacco or Heroin but for some reason not all abused drugs are equal for instance tobacco and alcohol can be obtained relatively cheaply with part of their sale price going to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in taxation, however for some hypocritical and frankly illogical reason governments prohibit the sale of cannabis cocaine and heroin etc resulting in an extortionate price far beyond the cost of production.

We are frequently told that most of burglary and sex crime is driven by the need of addicts to fund their habit, what a difference would be made if addictive drugs such as opiates were made available at retail outlets with a small mark up to cover production and a little bit of money for the Treasury.

It seems clear to me that our politicians do not have the balls to help the helpless by making drugs legal, addicts who were it not for the high price of their addiction would probably go to work and not commit crime.

Exactly who benefits from the rather simplistic idea that some drugs are OK such as alcohol and tobacco and that opiates are not? Well I believe the answer has to be the drug dealer obviously, pimps who make money from exploiting women and those who buy cheap goods from burglars.

Drugs unfortunately are a fact of life, and until such time as governments acknowledge this, men and women will continue to be forced into crime.

You may well consider what I have to say as complete nonsense, but how about this from Harriet Harman who apparently had this to say ''it would be better to target the men who paid for sex rather than criminalising women'' (maybe it's me but why criminalise anyone), adding this seemingly bland obvious statement "I think we should be saying we don't want this sort of organised crime in this country, "

Harriet Harman speaks out

4 comments:

  1. Firstly, the reason alcohol and tobacco is legal is merely down to evolved historical reasons. In another world it might have been the other way round leaving the same questions to be asked, why not make alcohol and tobacco legal? The 'hypocritical and frankly illogical reason' for illegal drugs remaining illegal is because it has up to now been political suicide to suggest otherwise and there is still a certain moral thought process that says we should at least try and stop the sale of illegal drugs even if we do not succeed doing so and that the alternative is morally a step too far. That aside, if we make drugs illegal we need then to ensure we have a method of control in place to advertize not only against drink driving but drug driving too and that the use of machinary under the influence of drugs is bad too. It happens at present as a result of illegal drug use but if drugs were made legal what do you say, to ignore drink driving? With drugs legal enforcement action will still be necessary to prevent drug driving if drink driving remains illegal too. I hear people bleat on about how cannabis never hurts anyone. That is nonsense especially since too many idiots mix it's use with alcohol and the strength of some of the current stuff is much stronger than it's 60s counterpart. In Holland cannabis use isn't legal, it is merely tolerated and it's importation is illegal. The Dutch have in recent years found their social experiment of toleration to not be the enlightened path they so thought with organized crime rackets rampant in the Netherlands. If legalization creates a void it will most likely be filled with something else. I don't know the answer to this problem but feel it needs to be dealt with as a health issue moreso than an offence issue. It is the price we pay of a liberal society. It would help if popular culture turned round and said actually taking drugs is uncool and sucks but too many people want to imitate their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s counterparts and live the rock and roll dream and lack the creativity and guts to say taking drugs sucks. I think the sale of current legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco from off-licences needs to be looked at and highly reformed and the law tightened up on pubs and bars too.

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  2. Absolutely hurrah for the enforcer with a superb analysis of the illogical crossroads we find ourselves at. Frankly we are heading for a hedonistic society, not unlike the last days of the Roman Empire, if we are not already there. Within government almost anything goes, as long as it raises taxes, even through gambling known to wreck so many lives, and the liberal attitudes to drugs currently promulgated are a little odd when the same government liberalises drinking laws and then decides binge drinking is a bad idea. It is time in these areas we were a little less tolerant and a little more prescriptive about drug abuse and its impacts. It is, literally, rotting our society from within.

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  3. well what do I know?

    But yes i do agree that society is in decline

    but the fact is drug business is big and the only way to deal with it is to control it and unfortunatly policing hasn't worked as a control

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  4. Okay so there is no control on drugs, it only takes several shipping containers containing heroin to get in and the market is well supplied. There isn't much control on other crime too, whatever crime you fight it will still happen so do we say legalize theft for instance as it is rampant and always has been?

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