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- Henk F L Garretsen,
- Fred Sturmans
- Professor of addiction Addiction Research Institute, Erasmus University, 3062 NM Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Professor of epidemiology Municipal Health Service Rotterdam, PO Box 70032, 3000 LP Rotterdam
EDITOR,—Richard Smith states that wars on drugs are doomed to fail and asks whether it is time to consider “going Dutch,” referring to the fact that the Netherlands is more willing than other countries to experiment with decriminalisation.1 What considerations must be taken into account in the debate on the availability of hard drugs in the Netherlands?
Many people argue that hard drugs should be freely available. One argument for this is on grounds of “fairness”: why is alcohol freely available …