Drug Laws Don't Work: The Phoney WarBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1551 (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1551
- Colin Drummond, reader in addiction psychiatry
- St George's Hospital Medical School, London
Channel 4, 19 June at 9 pm
In 1940, after Allied forces had sustained a crippling defeat at Dunkirk, Britain faced the prospect of Nazi invasion in its “darkest hour.” Nazi propaganda sought to undermine British resolve, in part through the broadcasts of Lord Haw Haw. Resistance to the marauding Nazi war machine was purported to be pointless, and anyway, Nazis were actually very nice people who had Britain's best interests at heart.
Nick Davies's Channel 4 documentary, The Phoney War, encourages many wartime parallels. His thesis is that governments around the world, including Britain's, are waging a pointless, harmful war against drugs. He claims that heroin is not an inherently dangerous drug. No, the real problem with heroin stems …