Heroin, in particular
The costs to individuals, police, courts and government of the
illegal activities relating to trafficking of heroin are over £10 billion.
If action is taken to legalise heroin, the following benefits would be
likely to accrue.
1.reduction of crime.
2.saving of police and court time and reduction in prison places required.
3.practices or clinics could ensure that regular injections of pure heroin
are offered under hygeinic and safe conditions.
4.most addicts would be able to work.
5.part of support will be to help socially and with work.
6.international cooperation would be desirable, or even essential.
7.growing of poppies and manufacture of heroin would become a legitimate
trade, producing taxes for the relevant authorities.
It is not certain that all drugs could be treated in a similar fashion.
Competing interests: No competing interests