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The Truce on Drugs

Speaking as someone who has had a long-term battle with drug abuse, I sympathise with the Home Secretary's dilemma on this issue. The problem with legalisation is it sends out the message that drugs are safe, and taking them is acceptable. The problem with prohibition is that it doesn't work. There are many more users now than before those substances were banned, and the only beneficiary has been organised crime.
A major problem with the present approach is that law and medicine pull in opposite directions- one to punish, and one to treat. This pushing and pulling confuses the user, who in many cases will have a mental illness predating their drug use, and made worse by it. Threatening such a person is unlikely to have a positive effect on their behaviour - a stressed and threatened user will cling on harder to their habit.
Only a user themselves can quit and stay quit. We need to work with them, not against.
What I propose is a scheme to allow users to quit at their own pace without undue pressure, by granting them a "continuing user's" licence. To obtain such a licence, the user must agree to good behaviour, including not sharing with, selling to or using in front of others, and to seek medical advice. The licence would allow users to obtain legally obtain their substance of abuse at an affordable price from pharmacies. Any profit would be invested in rehab. To enforce the system, details of licensed users and their transactions would be made available to the police and health services.
I believe such a scheme combines the best of both worlds, prohibition and legalisation. It would allow counsellor, doctor and police officer to work together with the user to overcome their problem and keep them out of trouble. It would destroy the demand for illegal drugs, and make the eradication of the illegal drug scene a realistic possibility. It would allow users to control their dosage, and seek assistance in an emergency without fear of prosecution. It complies with international law and respects human rights. It protects non-users from contact with drug abuse- the main problem with decriminalisation. Most importantly, it would create a climate of honesty, without which addictions cannot be fought.
I call these proposals "The Truce on Drugs" and seek an MP to discuss this in parliament




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