The War On Drugs
In the article written by Julian Critchley, he urges us to see through the tabloids’ fantasist dictation of drugs and instead focus on the facts; the legalization of drugs would have an overall positive effect on society. He shared his experiences and gathered knowledge over his time spent at the forefront of the war on drugs and takes a controversial step against the current government policy to make radical changes to our country’s draconian drug laws.
His argument is on the basis that the government’s ‘tough on drugs’ attitude, accompanied by draconian punishments, have not stopped or, in anyway, dissuaded the use of drugs. Despite these irrational measures, he describes how easily accessible drugs are, and although there will always be those who will make negative choices in life, people can still be better protected and monitored if drugs are legalized and regulated. With regulated drugs he thinks less lives would be lost and there would be a dramatic fall in crime. Julian goes on to claim that the same view is held by a vast majority in power but that the demonization of drugs the media has created has forced them to ignore the evidence and fall in line with the status quo. To them, manipulating the public into thinking they were diminishing drug use, with elaborate filmed raids on smugglers, was more important than actually accepting that this was an unwinnable war and readdressing the issue.
The article also raises negative points on the legalization of drugs, but only two. He retells how in an interview it was pointed out that drugs ‘ruin lives’ to which Julian agrees. He also mentions that to his argument ‘crime would fall if drugs were decriminalized’ the response came, ‘there would be a commensurate increase in drug use as a result of legalisation.’
This article could not have come from a more objective outlook as Julian’s. He was the director of the UK Anti-Drug Co-Ordination Unit and voluntarily stepped down from his...
References: (Critchley, J.C 14.8.08 All the experts admit that we should legalise drugs. The Independent London http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/julian-critchley-all-the-experts-admit-that-we -should-legalise-drugs-894367.html )
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