Intended for healthcare professionals


An alternative to the war on drugs

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3360

Common sense at last

How good to see this printed in the BMJ. The madness which is drug
prohibition has arguably caused much more damage throughout out the
developed and developing world to users [untreated illness], the public
[crime], the economy [wasted public resources in health, policing and all
areas] and the welfare of countries and their populations like Columbia,
Mexico, Afghanistan etc. It takes a visionary, leading government with the
UN to start the change; but it must and will come. The problem needs to be
tackled, like alcohol, by medicine and public health policy hoding the
'industry' to account with regulation and taxation. Not a free for all,
but regulated supply through pharmacies and the health service. The only
question is how long before common sense makes it happen.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 July 2010
jim h monach
retired lecturer
S10 1SD