It's the only way to solve the drug problem!

Blair Gowrie By Blair Gowrie, 8th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The drug problem won't go away easily, because the drug trade generates too much money. A solution by conventional means won't work - a more radical approach is needed.

Yes, that's right - buy ten, get one free!

It’s amazing! In our country one single amphetamine tablet costs
US$10, and there is no shortage of buyers. And buy ten, get one free!

Why amazing? Because the production cost of one tablet is surely not more than US$0.30, but the retail price is more than thirty-three times higher. What happens to the other $9.70?

Well, one tablet usually has to travel a long way from source to consumer, and at every stage of the journey people have to be bribed to turn a blind eye, and, sad to say, there is again no shortage of those in willing to do so. After all, what man, be he a state or provincial governor, a politician, or a high-ranking police or military officer, would be foolish enough to turn down $100,000 or more a month just for doing or seeing nothing.

So what can be done about all this when there are ready buyers, ready sellers, and ready bribe-takers? The answer is – nothing!
The profits are so great that those in authority can make millions without ever seeing a single tablet, and that not even an army of spies, informers, policemen and soldiers would be sufficient to suppress the trade in drugs. Arrest one man, and another immediately takes his place. Incarcerate drug dealers and they continue to run their businesses from behind bars. The risks may be great, but the rewards are greater.

Those in the narcotics business may well say that they are not forcing anybody to use drugs, just as the whisky distillers and the cigarette manufacturers are not compelling anybody to buy their products. It’s totally voluntary on the part of the consumer. But these substances are different – try them once, or a few times, and it may lead to addiction. But addiction is up to the person himself – if a person can control himself, he won’t become addicted. A good example of this is the Chinese charge that the British forced opium imports on them, resulting in widespread opium addiction in China, while forgetting to mention that, in the same period, opium, in the form of laudanum, was to be found in every British household, but with very few British people becoming addicted.

In fact, there is a way to solve this drug problem very easily – a way which might, at first, lead to an increase in the number of people taking narcotics. However, in the long run, the numbers would certainly decrease, drug pushers would be forced out of business, and criminal activities connected with the drug trade would end.

How? Well, it’s been said before, but it must be said again – legalise the taking of drugs. Make amphetamine and all other narcotics available to the public at cost, or lower than cost, so that, instead of paying $10 per tablet, the buyer would pay just $0.30. Of course certain regulations would have to be put in place, such as that the tablets would only be supplied through government hospitals, that every buyer would have to register, and that nobody could buy more than, say, three tablets per day. At the same time, anyone buying the drugs would be given the choice of free treatment to cure his addiction, or of continuing to use drugs.

What would happen then? Well, within one month the illicit supply of drugs would dry up, drug dealers, gangs and cartels would disappear, and the authorities would at last have a clear picture of the extent of drug abuse. And the number of drug users would gradually fall. Why? Because there is no prestige in taking a drug which is handed out almost free of charge.

Would any democratic government ever dare to put such a policy into effect? Probably not, for firstly, politicians would fear the public backlash, and secondly, for the fact that some of them already have links to the drug trade. One country, Holland, has de-criminalised some soft drugs, and made them publicly available, but for the suggested policy to succeed, it would need to be introduced simultaneously in countries with common borders.

So there you are – like it or not, this is the only way to solve the drug problem. Perhaps Canada, the USA and Mexico could start the ball rolling!


Addiction, Amphetamine, Bribe, Corruption, Dealer, Drugs, Laudanum, Narcotics, Opium, Tablets

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Oct 2011 (#)

But if you legalize druigs, the prison-industrial complex, which needs a steady supply of prisoners, would suffer. Cops, prison guards, detectives and prosecutors, bailiffs and judges would lose their jobs. Keeping drugs illegal is good for business, and that's the main reason they'll never be legalized.

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author avatar Robb714
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Aside from the fact, I have been working on a similar article and totally agree with you, we are as yet the minority. I would like to see the issue brought up in the next election cycle here is the US. As best as I can recall the current administration is not concerned and has not even mentioned the drug problem, much less done anything to address it. I personally think it is in their best interest for it to continue lest anyone be aware of their other shortcomings. Knowing there is now three of us that share this belief of the only solution; maybe I can make an effort to gain an important fourth person to back our plan. That is if the current three of us are not disappeared first.

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author avatar Blair Gowrie
9th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks for your comments and support.

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