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Editor's Choice

Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 10 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2057

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Re: Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed- BAD IDEA

Legalizing dangerous drugs is a bad idea. All it accomplishes is making drug use more prevalent. Look at the numbers. Legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco cause more deaths than heroin; not because they are inherently more deadly, but because they are legal and more prevalent.
Legalizing addictive drugs is bad for public health. See for an international organization dedicated to a rational approach to address the public health issue of drug addiction.

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13 May 2018
Russell S Kamer
Partners In Safety
White Plains, NY USA