Faces of meth images
warobb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 11 21:52:31 EDT 2008
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Subject: Re: Faces of meth images
> wow, that's crazy. I feel so bad for people that get trapped into
> stuff like that. I've never been much interested in illegal drugs.
> Honestly, I once tried weed in college because everyone seemed so
> obsessed with it, and it seemed "safer" than other things I could have
> tried. I came away with the decision that it was definitely not worth
> it and I'd rather eat ice cream, which is much more legal ;)
> Addicting recreational drugs are so unnessary and should be completely
> banished from the planet.
I listened to a documentary about cocaine addiction a few years ago. The fellow being
interviewed was of the opinion that banning drugs is a fools game (look how successful your
country's "war on drugs" has been), in that all it does is give the banned substance a cachet
value which makes it more enticing, and increases secondary crime, since the price of the
product goes up with the risk factor.
In a nutshell, banning drugs, be it meth, coke, marijuana or alcohol has little negative effect
on consumption, but has a tremendous positive effect on crimes like break and enter, armed
robbery and murder, as the addicts will tend to do whatever they need to do to feed their
OTOH, if you decriminalize the stuff, the risk factors of production and selling go down a lot,
the price goes down a lot, addicts no longer need to be marginalized into a criminal element
that may be very violent and abusive (yer basic street whore is often dead before she hits 30),
and since you are no longer building jails to hold the people you have criminalized
unnecessarily, you have a lot more funds for treatment programs to help people get off whatever
is jonesing them to death.
What we are doing now isn't working, and will never work. The choice we have is to continue
playing the fools game or try a different approach, perhaps finding something that will work.
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