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"Many politicians argue that people ought not to be free until they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water until he'd learned to swim."
Tomas Babington Macaulay
"I say legalize drugs because I want to see less drug abuse, not more."
Edward Ellison, former Head of Scotland Yard's Anti-drug Squad
"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
Francis Bacon

Six Options for Controlling Drug Supply

Courtesy Transform - Working for an effective drug policy

There is a choice of regimes for controlling and regulating the production, supply and use of drugs. There are six basic models for distribution of drugs:

1) No regulation
Examples: raw magic mushrooms, poppies, fly agaric toadstools, datura, morning glory seeds.
Controls: no controls, legal or otherwise

2) Over the counter sales - supermarkets, grocers, health food shops
Examples: aspirin, paracetamol, poppers, glue, St John's Wort, tea, coffee.
Controls: Controls over production, limited controls at point of sale

3) Licensed sales
Examples: beer, spirits, tobacco.
Controls: Strict controls over licencee and purchaser e.g. age, state of intoxication

4) Pharmacy sales
Examples: Kaolin and morphine, codeine linctus, amphetamine-like decongestants, Dual products aspirin/paracetamol with dihydrocodeine.
Controls: Controls over pharmacist

5) Doctor's prescription
Examples: tranquillisers, anti-depressants, methadone, chlorpromazine, anti-psychotics, thalidomide, diamorphine.
Controls: Strict controls over doctor

6) Criminal marketplace (Prohibition)
Examples: LSD, heroin, cannabis, speed, crack.
Controls: Legal bans on production, supply and possession. Illegal production, supply and use in practice have almost no controls.

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