Pubdate: Sat, 30 Jul 2016
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Page: A11
Copyright: 2016 Times Colonist
Author: Bruce Funk


In light of the increasing number of drug overdoses, and criminal 
activity both in Victoria and the Lower Mainland, I offer a single 
solution to both problems that would both eliminate violent gang 
activity and save lives: Legalize all drugs, especially heroin.

I can hear dissenters saying: "But won't this cause more drug use?" 
Maybe it will, but at least the users will be getting an 
unadulterated product that will not contain fentanyl, drain cleaner 
or whatever else the criminals are lacing their illicit product with.

Secondly, make the drugs as cheap as aspirin and as readily 
available, thereby bringing the criminal element to its knees and at 
the same time saving lives.

In the days of prohibition, alcohol didn't go away; it was handed to 
the criminals along with a licence to print money. Violence, pain, 
suffering and destroyed lives proliferated.

I believe a medical approach to the drug problem is a win-win situation.

Bruce Funk Campbell River
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