Sunday, September 05, 2010

Cocaine: the new ecstasy

Cocaine use in Sydney is booming, say some analysts in this weekend's SMH.

Punters are paying up to $500 a gram to be assured of a quality product. Some say the boom is caused by a shortage of ecstasy after disruptions to the international supply of precursor materials. This is a perfect example of the 'balloon effect' -- squeeze the balloon in one place and it swells in another, making prohibition a rather pointless exercise. This is especially so as restricting a relatively safe, non-addictive drug like ecstasy-MDMA pushes people to more dangerous drugs including cocaine which is addictive.

My contacts in clubland tell me the only pills they have been able to get are blue ones that keep people up all night and leave them with shaking hands the next day. They say these are definitely not MDMA although they are often sold as ecstasy, illustrating how prohibition itself makes drugs more dangerous.

But Police say the arrest boom is because they are searching lots of citizens
A NSW Police spokesman said increased cocaine and ecstasy arrests were a result of a higher number of general arrests.

"In the 12 months to June this year, police conducted 187,000 searches of individuals … which yielded 15,000 items, including illicit drugs,'' he said.
Assuming many people were caught with more than one 'item', that means well over 90% of searches produced nothing. This police pogrom is shameful evidence that we no longer live in the proverbial "free country", one in which you would have the right to walk down the street unmolested if you were not causing any problems. Ah, it's lovely living in a police state.

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