Taverner (1000+ posts) Wed Dec-07-11 03:56 PM
Thought Experiment: What if ALL drugs were legalized?
That is everything from Marijuana to Heroin and everything in between.
You can buy Vicodin, Meth, Heroin, PCP, LSD and what have you OTC, manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. That means Abbot Labs makes meth pills just like they used to, and Bayer makes Heroin, just like they used to.
picture of an old bottle
"But what about the children???" you ask. To get these medicines, just like Sudafed, you need to be 18. Of course determined kids will get them, but determined kids are getting these anyway.
Addicts of these drugs will not suffer health risks from impure versions of their drugs.
Overdoses will be rare, since every user will know their dose, and not have to guess.
And drug violence vanishes. The black market is gone, and the Zetas and what not go out of business. Seriously, why would a user want Black Tar Heroin when they can get the real stuff OTC.
Let me tell you about a new phenomenon going on in Russia. It's a very impure version of Morphine made from Codeine pills called "Krokodil." It is called this because the users who take it end up with crocodile like skin - although that's the least of their problems. You see, Krokodil has Hydrochloric Acid in it, which literally causes user's skin to melt off. If you want some nightmares, Google 'Krokodil' images. If you have a weak stomach, don't. I have a strong stomach and those pics gave ME nightmares.
If Heroin or Morphine was OTC, there would be no Krokodil. There would be no bathtub chemists making meth.
Remember prohibition? During that time there was something called "Bathtub Gin" where the distiller would make homemade whiskey. Only they didn't know what they were doing, and ended up producing wood alcohol, which is a poison. Many died because of this, and those that survived often went blind.
My question is this: What GOOD does drug prohibition do? Really - does it get addicts into treatment? Does it remove them from access to drugs (here's a hint: no - drugs are just as easy to get in prison as they are in any high school.)