Thursday, March 23, 2006

The answer to the problem of drugs and crime

We should copy Switzerland and not the USA.

In Switzerland, heroin addicts can get their prescriptions from doctors.


In one of the most dramatic success stories in modern addiction treatment, doctors in Switzerland have discovered that the provision of medically determined doses of heroin to heroin addicts significantly improves their health, lifestyle and reduces the amount of crime associated with drug use when they are permitted to leave the black market environment.

The Swiss researchers concluded that:

· Both the number of criminal offenders and the number of offenses decreased by about 60% in the first six months of the program.

· Most illicit drug use, including cocaine, rapidly and markedly declined.

· The number of participants on unemployment benefits fell by more than half (from 44% to 20%).

· Participants' housing situation rapidly improved, ending homelessness among the patients.

· The physical health of participants improved.

· More than half of the patients who dropped out of the program did so in order to switch to another form of treatment, including abstinence.



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Heroin was available through pharmacists until 1953, when, after pressure from the U.S., it was declared illegal. A common palliative remedy, it caused few problems because distribution was medically supervised.

Nearly half a century on, the illegal drug industry is big business, estimated to be worth 8.6 billion dollars in 1997.


The Netherlands has more relaxed laws on drugs than the USA.


Heroin addicts (in 1995) United States: 430 per 100,000 Netherlands: 160 per 100,000

Murder rate (in 1996) United States: 8.22 per 100,000 Netherlands: 1.8 per 100,000

Crime-related deaths United States: 8.2 per 100,000 (1995) Netherlands: 1.2 per 100,000 (1994)

Incarceration rate (1997) United States: 645 per 100,000 Netherlands: 73 per 100,000

Per capita spending on drug-related law enforcement United States: $81 Netherlands: $27


The USA has a reason for opposing the policies adopted by Switzerland.

The CIA's Drug-Trafficking Activities

The following is an extract from Serendipity:

The CIA's operational directorate, in other words that's their covert operations, para-military, dirty tricks — call it whatever you want — has for at least 40 years that we can document paid for a significant amount of its work through the sales of heroin and cocaine. — Guerrilla News Network's Interview with Christopher Simpson

ClA-supported Mujahedeen rebels [who in 2001 were part of the "Northern Alliance" fighting the Taleban which became the core of the new Afghani government following the U.S. attack on Afghanistan in late 2001] engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society.

The Agency's principal client was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the leading druglords and a leading heroin refiner.

CIA-supplied trucks and mules, which had carried arms into Afghanistan, were used to transport opium to laboratories along the Afghan/Pakistan border.

The output provided up to one half of the heroin used annually in the United States and three-quarters of that used in Western Europe.

U.S. officials admitted in 1990 that they had failed to investigate or take action against the drug operation because of a desire not to offend their Pakistani and Afghan allies. — The Real Drug Lords

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, as is by now well-known by anyone who has cared to be informed, has long been deeply involved in the international trafficking of the addictive drugs heroin and (since the early 1980s, if not earlier) cocaine, the enormous profits from which have financed, and continue to finance, both U.S. covert operations and the U.S. military (via payments to Pentagon contractors).

The main reason why this is not more widely known is that the main players in the U.S. media have always worked to protect the Agency and to keep the American public in the dark as to the nature of its activities (as documented in great detail in Carl Bernstein's article in the October 20, 1977, issue of Rolling Stone: "The CIA and the Media: How America's Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up").

Reportedly the CIA is still flying heroin to Europe and America

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1 comment:

john_brownjr said...

You might be interested in a new series titled "Addicts" ... a free podcast from So far the series has covered heroin and marijuana. Speak with not only experts but genuine users. Pretty hard core stuff.
Hope you get something out of it.

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