16 December 2010

Bob Ainsworth and drugs

Former minister calls for legislation of hard drugs.

I think this is a bad idea. Not only would those who had been deterred from doing drugs because of the illegality take it up; the prescription system would be prone to abuse, because addicts want more and more. They may well go through alternative means when refused. We already have tobacco smuggling problems in this country, where people will risk their health even more for cheaper cigarettes.

Narcotics kill people here and aboard; opium sales fund the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Addiction wrecks families. That wouldn't change.

We may not be winning the war on drugs, but that does not mean we should give up.

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