Ben@Forest wrote:This subject rears its head again.... We could decriminalise or legalise drug use but it could lead to greater use and therefore shorter life expectancies and the costs in having to treat such.
What are the costs presently?
And recreational drugs do have the capacity to alter people's brain chemistry at a stroke. My wife works in this field and is against legalisation - why? Because she has treated 18 year old boys who after one experience of cannabis or ecstasy have suffered a psychotic episode from which they never fully recover - their mental health is permanently affected. If such drugs were legalised now, with the government knowing that, what level of responsibility do they have?
Those people have taken illegal drugs made up in back street labs by criminals,the cannabis is also unregulated strong strains of the drug
There are people on here who have (probably largely rightly) berated the government or the council about building materials in Grenfell Tower. If the government legalises something which means, eventually, 20,000 people a year suffer either mental or physical health problems and die prematurely how is that different?
From what I can see people are dying now from the illegal use of drugs of unregulated and unknown cocktails of crap mixed with anything and everything that comes to hand of the dealers.
No one's saying it's a simple problem to solve but when 10 year olds are running drugs and kids not much older stabbing each other,so that ordinary kids unconnected kids are carrying knives for their own protection society is on the slide big time,the gang culture and related crime has grown up around drugs,there has to be a better way.
An element of the population will use drugs whatever,that's a given and is happening now.
When legalisation is mentioned it doesn't have mean a free for all with drugs sold in every pub and newsagents like fags and booze,but a well controlled system along side a good rehab system,with counselling,etc and also a search as to why people need to use to live.
Of course all this costs money but if we want a better society then this is one of a few nettles that need grasping it's no use keep sweeping it under the carpet hoping it'll all go away it won't,and as long as drugs are available from unscrupulous sources made up in back street labs and of very dubious quality there'll be a whole spectrum of crime attached to it,some of which is highlight by Landsurfer up thread.
IMHO drug use in society is a problem that won't go away,it's how best to manage it that really needs looking into,and with funding for that management..