Drug Affliction: What You Need to Know...
to know about the problems associated with global drug trafficking and the
abuse of illicit drugs. It has been written by a person with a rare
understanding and experience of drugs culled from extensive research,
thirty seven years as a police officer, over seven years as an independent
consultant to the United Nations International drug control programme, and
membership of expert international committees. It is valuable material
either in whole or in part because it is easily read and understood and it
gives a clear picture for those who believe that illegal drugs have no
direct effects on them and their families. Everyone from concerned parents
and grandparents, teachers, social workers, police, medical personnel,
prison officers, employers, policy makers and ordinary members of the
public will acquire valuable information from this book. It may be used
either to gain a thorough knowledge of the drugs problem and how it affects
everybody in one way or another, or to become informed about a particular
issue such as the effects of specific drugs or the need for employers to
adopt a policy about the impact of drugs in the workplace.
The book covers a range of subjects and deals with some perceptions of the
problem together with the different proposals for dealing with it including
the debate on legalisation. It includes information on the international
agreements and UN conventions about drugs and examines the anti-drug
strategies of both the United Kingdom and the United States of America with
particular reference to the policy of harm reduction, which has been
hi-jacked by those who seek to legalise drugs. There is specific
information on the convergence of drug trafficking, organised crime and
terrorism and the ways in which the vast profits from this trade are
laundered to the serious disadvantage of global financial stability.
It is estimated that drug trafficking equates with 8-10% of world trade and
that the unimaginably huge profits are tax free. At least £500 billion is
laundered annually and this equates with over 2% of global GDP.
In addition to peddling drugs, traffickers promote false information and
mythology to enhance their hugely damaging trade. Many parents and
grandparents as well as teachers will avoid discussing the problem in
detail with their children, grandchildren or pupils because they believe
that children and young people know more about drugs than they do. Even if
this happens to be true, reading this book will solve that particular
difficulty and will enable informed discussion and debate that will
encourage a sensible approach to drugs and may save lives. Unfortunately,
most people gain the sparse information that they have about drugs from
incomplete or inaccurate stories in the media or from word of mouth on the
street or in clubs and pubs. If we leave our children to gain their
information on this subject from the streets then we should not be
surprised if that knowledge is seriously and sometimes dangerously
There is a strong culture of tolerance and acceptance of drugs as a normal
part of life experience and some advocate legalising them either because
they believe that anti-drug policies have failed or because they believe
that there should be `freedom of choice' about personal drug use. Of
course, there are also the unscrupulous people who see legalised drugs as
another commodity from which they may make additional profits.
In the world of education it is fashionable for some to say that because
children will inevitably experience drugs they should be protected by
giving them information that will enable them to make "informed choices"
about their possible drug use. Some advocate that children and young people
should be taught to take drugs safely when in reality the only safe thing
about drugs is their avoidance. There may be freedom of choice but there is
seldom freedom from the consequences.
This book contains hugely valuable information about the commonly abused
drugs such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine and "crack", and amphetamine type
substances such as Ecstasy. It deals with the date rape drugs and others
which are less frequently used such as hallucinogens (LSD) and `magic
mushrooms'. The mythology associated with these drugs is exposed and the
most up-to-date research about their effects has been included.
The book concludes with information about the internationally agreed
methods of addressing the global drug problem and offers some further
suggestions as to how domestic anti-drug policy may be improved.
Reading this book offers an easy and informed way of learning about a
serious social problem that affects all of us.
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