Facts on Drugs

A quick breakdown:

Drug legalisiation does not increase usage

When Portugal decriminalised drug usage 10 years ago many worried drug usage would rise, it hasn’t. In fact it has fallen by 50%. People take drugs regardless of legality or illegality, but many also take them because it is cool and rebellious, making it legal removes this incentive to take drugs.

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/02/02/the-case-for-the-legalisation-of-drugs/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/

Other sources also seem to indicated that drug legalisation doesn’t increase usage

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/07/global-report-decriminalization-does-not-increase-rates-of-drug-use/

http://druglibrary.net/schaffer/activist/claim3.htm

Drugs are less harmful than many other legal substances

Alcohol is more dangerous than heroin, crack or ecstasy according to Professor David Nutt, a leading drug expert

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1325472/Professor-David-Nutt-Alcohol-harmful-heroin-crack-Ecstasy.html

According to the Governments own advisory panel on drugs, ecstacy is less harmful than riding a horse

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/4537874/Ecstasy-no-more-dangerous-than-horse-riding.html

It is frankly hypocritical to say drugs should be illegal as they are dangerous yet things that are more dangerous like alcohol, smoking, or skydiving should be legal.

It should also be up to an individual as to what they decide to do with their body.

Making drugs illegal makes them more dangerous

When you buy a product from a shop it may come with a warranty, if you buy food and it turns out to be gone off you can take it back and complain. With drugs you can’t, there are no stamps of approval, you do not know what has gone into it. Unscrupulous dealers mix the drugs they have with many other things to stretch out the supplies they have and make more profit. If drugs were legal those that tried to do this would go out of business or be arrested, as it is if you take drugs currently you are at risk of getting something even worse.

Making drugs illegal helps organised crime

When legitimate business can’t sell something who does? The answer is of course criminals. Just like alcohol prohibition enriched mob bosses such as Al Capone, drug prohibition means that organised crime groups can easily earn money by dealing drugs. If drugs were legal a huge black market would be wiped off instantly.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8319249.stm
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/selling-drugs-fund-terror-al-qaeda-linked-cocaine/story?id=9373341#.UIK3XWfWqSo
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/drug-trafficking-and-the-financing-of-terrorism.html

Police spend millions of pounds and 20% of their time on chasing drugs and drug dealers instead of dealing with serious crimes

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/02/02/the-case-for-the-legalisation-of-drugs/

20% of police time is spent on drugs, imagine how many more murders, rapes, burglaries and other crimes the police could deal with if they didn’t have to spend (waste) so much time and money tracking down drug users and dealers

10 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with most of this, but:

    “Drug legalisation does not increase drug usage.”

    Disagree.

    The only evidence you cite for this is decriminalisation in Portugal, but (aside from the fact that none of the studies on drug use in Portugal post-decriminalisation control for factors such as the price of drugs) the important point is that *decriminalisation is not legalisation*.

    Under full legalisation (but not under decriminalisation), as you point out, you could buy drugs from a reputable supplier rather than a criminal gang, and drugs would be sold with a contents label that you could trust, rather than nothing more than the word of the dealer (as to the strength of the drug, whether or not it has been mixed with dangerous impurities, etc). Also, if legalised, drug producers would – in a market model of legalisation at least – also be able to advertise their products. For people who want to get high, buying drugs would become far more appealing if they were legalised.

    I agree that the number of people *harmed* by drug use would decrease, but the *use* of drugs would almost certainly increase.

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