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  •  You can "decriminalize", short of legalizing some (0+ / 0-)

    drugs.  One way to "decriminalize" is to make addicts register with the authorities, and just maintain their habits.  (There may be other approaches.)  
    With addicts checking in with the police or some other authority every day to get their fix, you can keep VERY good track of them.  They get clean drugs.  You can push them toward getting off their drugs, but a good number of them can become productive even if they stay addicted.  
    Don't say addicts can't function in society, until you consider how some of them, with no marketable skills, still manage to support a habit that costs several hundred dollars a day.  That's darned effective functioning -- destructively, but functioning.  
    People maintained on methadone seem pretty much normal.  I don't know that they should be driving or using dangerous machinery but I'm sure there are people more impaired out there doing those things.  I'd rather have the car behind me on the road driven by someone maintained on methadone than someone texting.

    The point is, you don't have to make morphine available over the counter to (almost) eliminate the black market for it.  Who would that put out of business?  Nobody we can't do without.  

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 07:57:20 PM PDT

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    •  my article (1+ / 0-)
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      There are lots of good suggestons in here; please note my aarticle is just a brief synopsis of a complicated issue. There would have to be other "moving parts" to make it work -- but decriminalizing drug purchase and use is the critical first step. And to do that...we need to start (actuall REstart) the discussion, as I (we) have done here. Waht we do know is that our present strategy is and will continue to fail.

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