Well folks, today has been designated 'Tackling drugs, changing lives day' in the UK...the Home Office says so.....SWIS quite fancies tackling some himself to celebrate.
The follwoing is a good article from the TRANSFORM website:
Tackling Drugs Day' is propaganda that cannot disguise failure, claims drugs charity
On Tuesday 23 May the Home Office launches its Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Day to encourage local Drug Action Teams to announce their successes. Transform Drug Policy Foundation suggests that local initiatives do little more than mitigate the worst effects of the Government's continued commitment to prohibition, despite mounting evidence of the catastrophic harms that it causes through the creation of illegal markets.Transform Director, Danny Kushlick said:
The new Home Secretary apparently agrees. On the Jeremy Vine programme in November 2004, Dr Reid (as Health Secretary) announced to Radio 2 listeners : “Prohibition doesn't work, as the US found out many years ago.”
“This is a propaganda push from a Government that has lost support for its failing drug strategy and is desperate to convince the press and public that its policies are working.
“The Prime Minister's own Strategy Unit Drugs Report shows that enforcing the drug laws, with regard to production and trafficking, creates most of the crime problems they are trying to reduce. It is the price hike that accompanies the prohibition of any demand-led commodity trade that attracts organised crime and forces addicts to offend to support their habits.
‘The Home Secretary said as much when he let slip the fact that' prohibition doesn't work' in response to a question from a radio 2 listener about banning tobacco. Prohibition should no more be an option to control drugs than it should be for tobacco and alcohol
“The fact is that most urban communities are blighted by the Government's failure to grapple with the underlying problems that lead people to misuse drugs, combined with the fact that, by prohibiting drugs, it has gifted control of the entire market to violent criminals and unregulated dealers.
“As the Government's drugs web site makes abundantly clear, This day is an exercise to ‘reclaim the agenda'. Specifically to reclaim it from those, like Transform, who believe that the policy of prohibition is causing many of the problems that the drug strategy seeks to solve.
“Rather than waste valuable effort resources on a pointless propaganda campaign, we look forward to a time when the Government genuinely debates alternatives to the current failings of prohibition, including the possibility of legal control and regulation of currently uncontrolled drugs.”