Originally Posted by Moonbat
Drug taking IS a victimless crime
Yes, all of the money spent on NHS services coping with addicts, overdoses, drug-related injuries and disease is woven magically out of thin air
, conclusively proving that drugs harm no-one ever.*
How do drugs get produced? How do they get into the country? A victimless system? What planet do you live on where drugs are grown by happy, well-located prosperous local farmers who gain fair exchange for goods, where the supply chain is well maintained, the distribution is fair, and drugs are diluted using safe, affordable materials?
Rather than me ranting about this a bit more, lets take another angle:
How about you go spend a month doing some volunteer work at a rehabilitation clinic, come back from that and tell me that no-one you see there is a victim.
Oh, and I think drug dealers are filth. That includes the pharmaceutical companies.
As someone who has worked on the development of cancer treatment for a major pharma company, let me just say that I do not agree with you lumping pharma in with dealers. Granted, a board of directors is always going to represent shareholder interests, thus giving any company the aspect of a bloated vampiric tick, but the truth of the matter is that it is an absolute soul destroying pain in the arse to provide safe, effective medication in a timely manner. When I was a student, the timeline for a medicine to reach market from first isolation was 12 years. It's now closer to 15. Can you imagine trying to pitch an investment that might provide a return in 15 years time?
On a side note, the market in fake drugs is rising. Pfizer are trying to increase awareness via an advertising campaign, realdanger.co.uk
, but the sad truth is that more and more people are going to keep taking fake drugs because they imagine that they are cutting out the profit margin of "THE MAN" and saving themselves a few quid when they are really just endangering themselves.
Sagan was right back in '95 when he predicted that technology would outstrip awareness and we'd end up back in a demon-haunted world of half-truth and superstition. If you have the courage of your convictions to never to use any form of pharmaceutical because the companies that make them are "filth", then I truly, truly pity you.
*For the record, I'm also of the opinion that smoking and drinking are two lumbering drains on the health service that education and further restrictions on the use of either could alleviate massively.