Changing the Misuse of Drugs act will not stop deaths.

Posted: October 31, 2014 in Discussion, Health, Opinions, Society
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skeletal-debateIt is ironic that despite all the negative press given to the abuse of controlled substances, illegal or not, figures produced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest drug poisoning involving both illegal and legal drugs is on the increase.

Misuse of illicit drugs is not a new phenomena, we just have to listen to the tales from those who were present at Woodstock and the “Summer of Love”. The question that needs asking in relation to that era is, were the drugs cleaner in those days? How many celebrities from the music world have appeared to defy death through substance abuse. In fact, how many bankers, stockbrokers, and barristers partake in illegal drug use ( as reported in the press) and manage to lead relatively normal lives? Is it always the base drug which kills or the additives used to make it go further, and make the drug dealers richer.

Referencing data from the ONS (acknowledging their disclaimers), whilst drug related deaths in the UK are on rise in both male and female populations, the deaths represent an insignificant percentage on a whole. Though the loss of life is not insignificant.

Unlike the change in law to make not wearing of seat belts illegal, changing the law and misuse of drugs act will not, I believe, save lives.

It is long over due that society must take a step back, draw a deep breath, and ask where the heck are we going?
And for the time being we have to accept that people are not averse to risk taking. Children and adults today have enough information and sources of reference to make informed decisions; we should accept that is life.

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