Jacking up with Jack Straw

Well, who’d a thunk it?

Jack Straw actually saying something sensible for a change.

JACK STRAW, the justice secretary, has called for the NHS to give out heroin on prescription to addicts for whom other forms of treatment have failed.

He claims ‘imaginative’ solutions to hard-drug abuse are needed and believes there could be “huge benefits” to issuing the drug to chronic addicts.

It’s a start, but not quite as ‘imaginative’ as some of us would have liked.

Will it happen?

Well, this gives me some hope:

Drugs experts, however, warn a ‘state-sponsored fix’ does not wean addicts off the drug, and Straw agrees prescription heroin is ‘no magic bullet’, although it could reduce the £15 billion the UK spends yearly on Class A drug abuse.

A saving per annum possibly involving billions of our debased pounds isn’t exactly chump change, which is what our politicians seem to be dealing with when they talk about ‘efficiency savings’ and ‘natural wastage’ to reduce public spending, so it may be that this might swing politicians in favour of such a measure.

(Legalise the whole gamut of drugs and we’re talking serious tax revenues here and substantial savings on policing, insurance for drug-related crime victims, as well as a safer society in general, but that’s jumping ahead from this limited proposal.)

There’s an interesting comment below the story from someone who seems to have issues with Straw’s proposals:

John Taylor wrote:
Prohibition DOES WORK. The problem is many of our elite, for want of a better term, empathise with drug addicts too closely. Many experimented at univerity and therefore do not see drugs as a crime. The law is NEVER enforced because of this attitude. We have a Government who have all but bankrupted our nation putting us into debt levels that are almost unserviceable and now this drug nonsense.It would appear they want us all to be spaced out zombies who no longer have the will to oppose their ever madder schemes. My view is that individual politicians should be made accountable for bad policy even once they have left Government. Because bad law is just as much a crime, just as damaging, just as wrong, as any crime, only it’s effects are more wide spread and the consequences longer lasting than any robbery

Where do you start with a cunt like this?

For a start, prohibition doesn’t work. It didn’t work in the US when alcohol was banned under the Volstead Act, organised crime mushroomed due to funding from its illegal alcohol sales monopoly and violent and other associated crime figures rocketed up.

This ‘elite’ he refers to is an interesting concept. I’d have thought it was inevitable that more and more of our politicians, lawmakers and other influential figures are of a generation that experimented with drugs that they would understand – ’empathise’ if you like – drugs and drug use rather better than previous generations. This is surely a good thing.

This shithead then goes on to suggest that we’re all to be turned into ‘zombies’ so that we’ll just accept further financial stupidity from the government.

Surely a bit of tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy paranois creeping in now?

It’s a fact that in some countries where they have experimented with more liberal measures dealing with addicts that addiction levels have risen, but only slightly and they’ve tailed off to well below previous levels.

Besides, I’m of the opinion that if you were a stupid enough cunt to start taking heroin just because it was legalised then you’d deserve to end up on a mortuary slab with a name tag attached to your big toe. No-one forced you into a life of drug addiction.

Darwinism in action, innit?

This stoat-felcher then goes on to have a little rant about bad laws…so, Mr Taylor, the current drug laws are good are they?

They’re working?

Are they fuck.

Here’s a interesting graph:

And this makes interesting reading about what happened in the years after 1996 not covered by the graph above:

Government claims “Class A drug use is stable”.
Comment:
·  An alternative way of expressing this would be Class A drug use has not fallen since 1997 (despite the
Government repeatedly saying this is a key target and spending billions on it).
·  British Crime Survey 2006 reports a statistically insignificant fall in reported Class A drug use in past year
by 16-24 year olds, down from 8.6% in 1997 to 8.0% in 2006.
·  Reported Class A drug use in past year by 11-15 year olds has not fallen either (it has remained
unchanged at 4.3% since 2001) (data from previous years not comparable).
·  Reported Class A drug use by all vulnerable young people has increased, from 23.2% in 2003 to 26.6%
in 20047
The above statistics are for use of any Class A drug, which includes drugs whose use has fallen, including
LSD and Ecstasy. These are the least harmful of the Class A drugs, widely acknowledged to be
misclassified. Use of the most harmful class A drugs, the specific target of Government policy, (namely crack
cocaine) has risen dramatically. Heroin use rose up until 2001/2 and has then stabilised at a historic
highpoint. The UK has amongst the highest levels of heroin and cocaine use in Europe.

Mr Taylor – you’re a fucking idiot.

It’s ironic that after Straw has recently shown himself to be a total fucking disaster as Justice Secretary – mealy-mouthed, inconsistent, ineffective, vacillating, totally out of step with the public mood and occasionally totally dysfunctional – that he should actually come up with the germ of a good idea.

But that’s all it is.

Until our politicians grow a pair of bollocks, admit that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a total cunting failure and acquire the will to institute bolder policies towards addressing the problems of drug use in this country, we’re never going to control this situation.

So, nothing really radical, but a glimmer of hope.

Let’s hope that other politicians follow his lead and take decisive action.

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2 Responses

  1. If the government is losing the war on drugs then that means the fucked up high as a kite junkies are winning!!

    I’ve argued at many times and in many places that free heroin from the GP for addicts would eliminate the heroin problem from the streets. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

  2. “It seems like a no-brainer to me.”

    You’d think our politicians were supremely well-qualified to make a sensible decision over it then, wouldn’t you?

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