The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) published a report in September 2013 viewing that alcohol and drug addiction in the UK prices the country some £36 billion yearly. Some believe that authorizing certain drugs would help by letting rule and taxation to take place. However, that only answers one aspect of the issue. Increasing money from the drug traders does not put an end to the human fee of abuse and addiction.
For sign, one needs look no more than the new stage of drug addiction: legal highs. The same CSJ report from last year advises just over 8% of young persons between the ages of 15 and 24 have taken legal highs, also known as ‘new psychoactive materials’. Rehab clinics are seeing a stable increase in the number of patients they are giving for addiction to these products.
A Shadow of Grey
The UK has long had struggle dealing with the flow of illegal drugs like heroin and crack. The CSJ report rights that the UK has the top rate of drug addiction in Europe and the top rate of lifetime amphetamine use. Legal highs are only creating the problem worse by occupying a grey area of the law that makes them much harder to control. That grey area can be starting in the term ‘legal highs’ itself.
The ingredients we are speaking about here are synthetic drugs that are production to mimic the effects of illegal drugs while chemically different. The changes allow them to be legally sold openly in market because they are not categorized has controlled ingredients. Yet, there is a catch: the drugs cannot be sold for human feeding.
Manufacturers get around the limit by labeling their products as plant food or bath salts. Head shops and other stores operate the same way. Unfortunately, the nation’s drug rehab hospitals do not have that treat. They are treating first-hand with the effects of the new psychoactive ingredients on a regular basis.
Manufacturing and Sales
Getting a handle on the legal high issue requires us to report the manufacture and sale of the ingredients. This includes a healthy online market that has made the postal service and unknowing partner in drug trafficking. Once again, the UK leads Europe in the online business of legal highs. Yet one must ask where the financial profits are?
It is all well and fine to say we should legalize parts of the drug business in order to reduce the financial price of avoid and addiction. However, if new psychoactive ingredients are any indication, legalization only stands to make the issue worse. If we are going to legalize some illegal drugs, we should be ready for drug and alcohol rehab clinics to want more funds for handling – and that could wipe out any financial gain realized from legalization.