In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:So your argument would be that illegal drugs should be freely available without restriction and prescription drugs should not reguire a prescription ? And that would cause deaths by drugs to decline?
Well, personally, I am very libertarian as to drugs. I wouldn't want a twelve year old to be able to buy blow in CVS, but I tend to think they should more or less all be treated like alcohol.
It's clear that the War on Drugs is a complete and utter failure. People who absolutely must stick a needle in their arm are doing it anyway. All we are doing is propping up a black market.
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:And that would cause deaths by drugs to decline?
Quite possibly, yes. With standardized purity and no doctored substances, overdoses and harmful side effects would delcine.
The only question is: how many people aren't doing the most dangerous drugs (crack, heroin, meth) only because they are illegal?
Very few, I bet.
How many people here would pick up a gram of 75% pure cocaine on the way home if it were legal?
I disagree that unfettered access to all drugs would lead to a decline in deaths.
In my opinion it is the addictive properties of drugs that are the problem.
Having such an addictive drug like heroin freely available would increase the number of addicts. And with any addiction, it's not so much the purity of the substance as it is the amount a person consumes to feed their addiction. The purity of say heroin would have no effect on overdoses. The nature of addiction is to get higher and higher. If that takes twice the normal amount the next time then an addict will do it. And then it will take three times more and so on until you get to the overdose stage, regardless of purity.
Prescription drugs are more freely available and they account for more overdoses in the US than illegal drugs, despite being manufactured to purity standards.