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Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2057 (Published 10 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2057

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Re: Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

Most of the time we read blogs and news regarding robbery, killing, and street fighting and looting. There are several groups in our communities who are addicted to drugs and we discriminate against them instead of helping them out.

On several occasions, drugs endanger the protection of susceptible communities, and expose them to the harms of toxic drugs. Now, the question arises whether all drugs need medical prescriptions before they can be used by the general population. For instance, most of the people in our community use nicotine or caffeine in their daily lives for recreation and pleasure. Should it be mandatory to obtain prescriptions for such recreational substances?

Having said that, the debate that controlling the trading markets would produce considerable taxation profits isn't going to assist the general public's fascination with safeguarding the sufferers of drug addiction. These kinds of income comprise a turmoil of curiosity, which might weaken initiatives to suppress the challenge of leisure substance abuse.

It would be fair to validate the types and quantities of drugs which must have medical prescriptions before consumption. Government authorities' help and support would be vital to make this valid for the betterment of communities and victims, who often get hurt by drug abusers and addictive people. In this way, we could be able to help peoplw who are addicted to drugs and support our communities from any unwanted effects.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 May 2018
Toshifumi Wakai
Prof.
Kohei Miura
Division of Digestive and General Surgery Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Division of Digestive and General Surgery Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences 1-757 Asahimachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, 951-8510 Japan