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Comment #7288575 by Arch Angel

Arch Angel Jun 13th 2018, 3:37 PM #

If we accept everything that’s said, and there’s no reason not to, then this issue isn’t black and white and certainly much bigger than just decriminalising posession of small amounts of ‘soft’ drugs and thinking that’s solved the problem. It hasn’t.
He made it clear that drug’s have permeated every aspect of Irish society, from schools to pubs and the trade is worth a fortune. It won’t go away and has grown over the years. It’s responsible for a huge number of overdoses and, let’s be honest here, it also goes hand in glove with organised crime which itself is responsible for, if not all, then a large amount of the rapid rise in violent we’ve witnessed in recent years.
So what can we do about it? Just decriminalising posession of a small amount of all drugs seems like an abdication of responsibility to me, a little like saying “we can’t win, so why bother fighting?” There’s an arguement to be made for perhaps decriminalising posession of cannabis or marijuana but I think heroin or cocaine would be a different story, then there’s so many synthetic drugs that it becomes extremely difficult to police them.
Another small but vital aspect Nolan touched upon was that, whatever about our law enforcements approach to drugs, the rest of world considers this primary to rehabilitation, whereas we have so little drug treatment and rehabilitation in this country that, realistically, there is only one approach, that of law enforcement. I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to do what we usually have a tendency to do, put the cart before the horse, pass laws with the promise of future investment in drug treatment centres and rehabilitation facilities. All well meaning, that will never see the light of day, just look at how long it took the only drug injection facility ot get up and running. Everyone agreed it was needed, everyone agreed about every aspect, except where it should be or who should run it.

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Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'

Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'

After 40 years in the force, Jack Nolan said it would be difficult to claim there are less drugs available now.


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