Miranda Devine’s article from Wednesday’s Herald Sun (Hypocrisy of drug allies) raises some reassuring and concerning points.
It is reassuring to find that even with underage and binge drinking remaining major public health issues, that illicit drug use is decreasing.
Apart from what Devine said about those who advocate the liberalisation of drug laws instead of the current prevention strategy, the environmental costs of cocaine production, and the social problems that the drug problem is causing in countries like Mexico, some questions need to be asked.
I wonder whether those who are now lobbying for drug liberalisation will feel the same way in decades to come, once health care professionals have had time to gauge what the long term physical and neurological effects of the consumption of cocaine and newer illegal drugs are?
I would compare this to when the links between smoking and lung cancer were first conclusively proven, or when alcoholism was first classed as a disease.