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24 May 2010 @ 08:42 pm
I decline to believe that the War on Some Drugs is working  
Especially when I read in the news that ultrapure heroin, costing $10/bag, is becoming common in the US. This stuff is apparently so pure that it's killing its users -- according to the article, some of them are dying before they get the needle out of their vein or the straw out of their nose.
 
 
 
The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on May 25th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
It would be impossible to snort a black tar like substance. It would be like trying to snort vegemite.

Apart from that, changes in purity are one of the big causes of overdose, that's for sure. But that's always happened. The drug industry is very reflective of market forces, in that anything that is in oversupply becomes cheaper. Mexico gears up their production of poppies, and produces more efficiently, and of course prices will drop in the USA. Cheaper prices will influence what you buy and how much, which leads to how(much and often) you use it.

As for helping people and keeping them alive, I am very very pleased that Sydney has a supervised drug injecting space. This one measure has saved more lives, and helped more people than any "war" on drugs.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on May 25th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
It would be like trying to snort vegemite

Thank you for that. I need to go wash my brain now. Pass the mental floss, eh?