Thursday 21 September 2017

Let's decriminalise drugs and reap the benefits all round

Fr Peter McVerry believes the war on drugs cannot be won using current battle plans
Fr Peter McVerry believes the war on drugs cannot be won using current battle plans

Jillian Godsil

Not for the first time, Peter McVerry has called it. The war on drugs is over, he says. They're available on every street corner. He even prefers the option of legalising drugs, not merely decriminalising them, opting for the methadone distribution model which has in effect decimated the criminal sales of methadone as well, ensuring the quality of the product available.

So is there merit in what he is proposing?

I must have grown up with the wrong kind of people, because I didn't see drugs as a young person, and to this day I wouldn't have a clue about how to go about "scoring" hard drugs, let alone administering them.

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