Drug legalization advocates employ the term “harm reduction”. Harm reduction is the theory behind providing addicts with clean needles and safe places to inject their (illegal) drugs. It is why so many former heroin addicts are now methadone addicts. It is the reason methadone is now in play as one of the easily acquired narcotics that parents better hope that their troubled teens never discover. A good friend’s teen age daughter lost her life to casual methadone abuse, her family still devastated by her loss.
So you have to ask, for whom is the harm reduced? The addict who traded one addiction for another? The kid playing in the park who gets pricked by a dirty, discarded needle? My friend whose daughter would never have had occasion to try methadone if it were not now so commonly distributed? Who, exactly, escaped harm?
Because drug advocates can’t provide a satisfactory answer to that, many countries are reversing their “harm reduction” strategies in combating teen age drug abuse. Canada has now joined the Netherlands and the UK in making drug laws more stringent.
Canada Considering Legalization of Marijuana
“Marijuana has been increasingly tolerated by Canadian authorities, with three bills aiming to legalize possession of the substance introduced in parliament during the last five years. Those measures stalled and Harper has now proclaimed that Canada will embark on a different course, emphasizing treatment for drug users and jail for dealers and producers.
Harper’s new plan will devote $43 million to improved treatment facilities and a public awareness campaign about the dangers of drugs. Another $21 million will go to increased law enforcement, prosecutors, and intelligence assets. “If you’re addicted to drugs, we’ll help you,” Harper said. “If you deal drugs we’ll punish you.”
By Ann Walker