Heroin for free decreases crime!
So over my few weeks off I hear a story on the news, that makes me stop and scratch my head a little…
(and no I didn’t get splinters).
Now perhaps I’m missing the point, perhaps I’m being controversial and am going to get slated for the following post, but it seems to me I am not the one missing the point, and from what I hear and read about the subject the more I seem to be the only one who thinks it’s laughable. Anyhow, lets look at the story….
The BBC website entitled their article :
No! Not crimes against heroines!
Now if you don’t fancy reading the article here are the basics of it…
100 drug addicts are given either FREE methadone or FREE diamorphine (AKA medical class heroin), and then assessed to see how much they were getting in trouble with the Police, how much they were using street drugs and how much they were spending on drugs…
Guess what…the pilot scheme showed that:
“One of the heroin addicts on the programme, a 34-year-old man called John, had been addicted for eight years when the trials began. He fed his habit by dealing.
“My life was just a shambles… waking up, chasing money, chasing drugs,” he said.
But John said the scheme had transformed his life “100 per cent” and he now had a part-time job.”
Well of course his life has been transformed, some nice clinic is supplying his drugs so he does not have to worry about it.
I’ve been thinking more about this kind of initiative, I commute to work, and that’s not very environmentally friendly, so perhaps the government can do some research on the benefits to the environment by paying me the same wage to stay at home and get someone else to do my job… I bet the results show I use less fuel by not driving to work!