UK: There’s Never Been A War on Drugs – Time There Was?

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Being soft on drugs has FAILED, it’s time to get Nasty!

BORIS Johnson this week launched a ten-year plan to help fight the war on drugs. What war on drugs? There’s never been a war on drugs in this country.

“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.”

Ernest Hemingway.

By CAROLE MALONE Dec 11, 2021

There absolutely should have been because maybe the 3,000 people who died of drug overdoses last year might not have (that death toll is more than all the stabbings and car crash deaths put together. And if there had been a war on drugs we may not now have 300,000 drug users whose lives have been torn apart by their savage addiction.

But even with drugs deaths in England and Wales at their highest since records began and despite Boris’s 10-year strategy ‑ which doesn’t go anywhere near far enough as he seems to just want to provide rehab for addicts as opposed to stopping them becoming addicts ‑ the decriminalisation mob are still out there shouting for dangerous drugs to be legalised.

And for the life of me I just don’t understand why. We have rocketing drug deaths and they say “Hey here’s a plan ‑ let’s legalise them.”

Sorry, but drugs are illegal precisely because they’re dangerous. If someone can make cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy safe, I’d say fine ‑ let everyone have them. But they can’t.

The decriminalise mob keep citing Portugal as their trump card: “It worked there,” they scream.

Well, yes, it did for a couple of years. Drug deaths did go down. But then they rocketed again as did drug use especially among teens. As did opportunistic thefts and robberies.

So No, Portugal didn’t work. And unless you can reduce the number of people taking drugs decriminalise you can’t reduce the harm.

The fact drugs are illegal stops many people taking them.

Decriminalisation of drugs will never chase away the dealers

“But alcohol and tobacco are drugs and they’re legal,” scream the decriminalisers. “Yes, they are and both kill huge numbers every year. And even if drugs are regulated it doesn’t mean they’re safe and won’t harm people. It just means they’ll be easy to get. And the money spent buying them will go into big business and on taxes as opposed to the drug dealers. So, why is that any better?

And of course, decriminalisation will never chase away the dealers. They’ll just sell stronger, more dangerous stuff at rock bottom prices ‑ undercutting those selling them legally.

Just look at alcohol and tobacco. Both are legal but it doesn’t stop HM Revenue and Customs from spending millions every year trying to catch the gangs smuggling in cheap (illegal) booze and fags.

The fact is that in countries like Japan and Singapore drug use has been virtually eliminated. And that’s because of incredibly tough drug laws and aggressive enforcement.

Boris wants to spend millions treating people who are already addicted instead of properly smashing the supply of drugs and throwing the book at dealers.

His idea of getting tough is for police to seize the dealers’ phones and then text middle-class lifestyle users to scare them. He’s also suggesting we take away their passports or      drivers’ licences.

And it might be good if police forces actually started taking drug abuse seriously. Many have admitted they don’t even pursue cases of drug possession anymore and fixed penalty notices for cannabis ‑ which causes psychosis, schizophrenia, respiratory problems ‑ have halved in recent years.

As Priti Patel said this week, drugs ruin our children’s lives. They destroy families, relationships, and communities. They cause a massive increase both in violent and petty crime. So why the hell would we want to legalise them?


We’ve had crackdowns before and none of them worked for the simple reason we’ve never really cracked down. This time MUST be different. For our children’s sake.

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