Social Objection to Ending Prohibition
“What sense does it make to have prescription Tylenol but legal heroin?!”
- Re-legalizing heroin doesn’t necessarily mean making it easier to obtain than the prescription version of acetaminophen (generic name for Tylenol).
- People are not shooting up neighborhoods over prescription acetaminophen, nor are they pushing it on street corners or in schools.
- Re-legalizing heroin is specifically about taking it out of the underground market. By allowing adult users to obtain heroin through a regulated system we immediately end many problems — and begin to reduce the enormous amount of negative repercussions which came solely due to prohibition:
- violence in the marketplace
- unknown purity
- deaths due to accidental overdose
- spread of blood borne diseases
- huge profits going to people looking to push heroin use on anyone
- constant flow of people looking to enter the market as growers, processors, traffickers or dealers
- heroin use in elementary schools all the way through high school
- helping people get out of very harmful relationships
- helping people who use heroin to mask emotional or physical ailments
- political, legislative, judicial, and corporate corruption
- deaths and massive pollution due to fighting wars in foreign countries
- hatred to U.S. due to invading other countries
- going broke (and needing to print money) due to all of the aforementioned.
- Re-legalizing heroin could take a number of forms, the first of which most definitely will be through prescription only (I predict).
- The underground economy CAN’T manufacture and sell the prescription version of acetaminophen for anywhere near as much profit as heroin.
- The underground economy CAN grow opium poppies and even process it further into heroin.
- Re-legalizing heroin allows society to bring it above ground where we can set controls on it, which we CAN NOT do as long as it exists solely in the underground market.
Interested in reading another angle on re-legalizing heroin? Check out an article by Bill Fried of LEAP.