Thursday, 8 March 2007

On drugs...


There has been lots of comment on the airwaves on drugs today following a report from Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. (who???)The report is titled "Drugs a matter of health, not just crime".

How can one discuss drugs without considering victims of crime? We have just lived through the Peckham murders and before Christmas the Ipswich murders.

Today I've heard people suggest that the whole issue of drugs is not treated seriously because it is "too political". Of course its political - people expect their politicians to keep them safe.

I know that thousands more people die from smoking and drinking each year than illegal drugs - but usually they don't get involved in crime to feed their addiction. I for one won't think about drugs without thinking about crime.

2 comments:

Stephen said...

"I know that thousands more people die from smoking and drinking each year than illegal drugs - but usually they don't get involved in crime to feed their addiction. I for one won't think about drugs without thinking about crime."

The reason there is no/less crime is obviously drinking Alcohol and Smoking is legal, so those drugs are available at a reasonable price rather than the vastly inflated black market price of many other drugs.

If all the illegal drugs were legalised and regulated I am sure that the crime level would plummet. Admittedly there would be other problems due to increased numbers of people being on drugs, but many of those problems exist anyway for alcohol.

The considerable crime reduction in the USA when alcohol was legalised is one demonstration of this effect.

Any senior politician putting forward these views would probably find them selves fired even faster than Patrick Mercer. It is for this reason that the public do not think that politicians are capable of dealing with a politically sensitive topics seriously.

simply wondered said...

surely the shadow cabinet are particularly well situated to comment on drug use...