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Legalization of Drugs

One of my brothers-in-law has been talking about finding and killing the man who sold his brother the lethal dose of heroin. My husband and I were discussing this and wondering where it would end. After he killed the guy who sold the fatal dose, would he have to kill the guy who sold it to him? What about the guy who sold the dose that got him hooked? My husband thinks that a better solution would be to work to get drugs legalized. Though the thought of having heroin available to anyone who wants it scares the hell out of me, I heard him out.

He said that if all drugs were legalized, people would know exactly what they were getting and would be less likely to overdose. Comparing it to alcohol, the idea made a bit more sense. Right now, an addict or user who wants a hit has no idea how potent the drug is and whether they will live to take another one. With labels though, you would know what you were getting and be able to decide whether you want to live to see another day.

Whether drugs are legal or illegal, I won't be buying them. I'm too afraid of the consequences. I only drink alcohol on special occasions. I buy one bottle of Baileys on Christmas and it lasts me through New Years. Sometimes, I'll get one for my birthday. I don't know the solution, but I am going to find a way to make something good come out of Johnny's death. It is more likely to be volunteering, mentoring or advocacy. It probably won't be campaigning for the legalization of drugs.


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Fractal wrote on August 4, 2014, 7:56 PM

I would advocate legalising drugs.
I have seen the effects of the poor quality of drugs over the years. I have felt the effects first hand.
Seeking retribution for the one responsible for the sale of the dose that killed your loved one will lead only to Disaster. Do NOT follow this route.
By all means consider the idea of helping in some other way. Wether it be the Say No campaign or a Legalise It opinion. Either will do.
Sorry to hear of your loss. I know what it is like.

MsTina wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:15 PM

I have no plans to seek retribution and I hope my brother in law is able to deal with his pain another way. I know that an addict will get drugs if they want them. If their regular dealer isn't available, they'll find another way to get it.

GreatMartin wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:18 PM

Sadly it wasn't the seller who killed his brother but his brother who made the decision to atke the drug.
I am an addictive personality and have seen it in many aspects of my life--I stopped drinking when I started having blackouts and I stopped smoking when I had an aorta valve replacement--I was addicted to food having eventually lost 100+ pounds.
I can see certain drugs being made legal like medical grass but other drugs are too powerfully addictive to be made legal but they will always be made available on the street.
I disagree making it legal will let people know what they are getting--not all alcohol sold is what the customer thinks it is.
I don't knwo the answer but I have seen too many lives ruined by drugs--instead of jail they should get medical/psychological help!

Feisty56 wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:24 PM

I am sorry for your loss and that of your husband's family. Your brother-in-law must be in anguish over the loss of his brother. I hope he finds a safe outlet for his grief and anger.

paigea wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:25 PM

Sadly, I have loved ones struggling with drug addiction. I don't think legalizing it would help. Sorry for your family's loss.

Ellis wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:36 PM

What Fractal says makes a lot of sense if drugs were legalized then they would be regulated so from a safety point of view less overdoses. It would also mean the cost would fall thus less crime to fund what is an expensive habit. The mystique surrounding drugs would be removed half of which attracts kids in the first place and finally no doubt the government would tax the trade and spend less on this area of law enforcement trying to catch the smugglers and dealers as they would be put out of business overnight.

Hopefully your brother-in-law is just letting off steam... GreatMartin is right when he says at the end of the day it was his decision to buy the drug... But it is still a tragic thing to have happened and my thoughts are with you and your family.

MsTina wrote on August 4, 2014, 8:46 PM

Our local jail is full of heroin addicts. Nearly 100% of the women in jail in Cincinnati are heroin users. The only help they are getting in jail is some medicine to keep them from getting too sick while the detox. One of our state senators sent out an email today that said five people die in Ohio every day from heroin.

Ruby3881 wrote on August 5, 2014, 12:38 AM

I am in favour of harm reduction. Though I do wonder about legalizing some of the harder drugs, I would rather go that way than to see everything underground and controlled by organized crime.