|When heroin, the best painkiller, was legal |
and abuse almost non-existent compared to today
Writer James Meek observes that he can get a lethal dose of vodka at his local off-license for £30, no questions asked.
On the other hand in the USA, the country that experienced the disaster of alcohol prohibition, one in 100 of its citizens are now in jail, predominately on drug charges. This is five times the incarceration rate in the UK. The social damage from this pointless inquisition is immeasurable. Meek adds to this the carnage in Mexico, where another 72 people have been found executed, probably by a drug cartel which thrives on the supersized profits made possible by prohibition.
|In 18185 when cocaine was legal, we did not have |
a child addiction epidemic. Hmmmmn.
One commenter on the Guardian piece eloquently listed the stupidity of prohibition: