The news of three deaths in East Lancashire at different locations, but within an hour of each other due to suspected drug overdoses, serves yet again to highlight the absurdity of current drug policies. Every time a heroin user injects they have absolutely no idea what the substance might be, what its strength is and what it might be 'cut' with. It's a game of 'russian roulette' every time. How come we've found a method of reducing harm from the dangers of using dirty needles by instigating needle exchange schemes, but this form of dicing with instant death remains?
Surely as a civilised society, if we are serious about reducing harm, rather than shrugging our shoulders and saying something like 'well they knew the risks' shouldn't we be finding a method of guaranteeing the quality of the substance to be used? Common sense says there's only one way to do that and that is prescribe it in the first place. There have been controlled prescribing experiments in recent time here in the UK with positive results, so why are we not seeing this reflected in government policy?