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@jd and still globally no one dares even consider decrim / legalisation / tolerance of non problematic use, medical treatment of addicts (rather than just criminal penalties), and conversion of some of the illicit opium into useful affordable pharmaceuticals that are equally valued in the West for treatment of an ageing population with genuine chronic pain disorders; and where supplies often run short (also related to "war on drugs" paranoia).

@vfrmedia @jd I am not sure I agree that would be such a good idea.

Drugs alter your brains signal substance e.t.c.. They are easy to overdose and get addicted by. The most usual inhabitant that are taken to psychiatric wards today are drug addicts where the drugs damaged their brains. Making them schizophrenic e.t.c..

Making it legal would remove some of the incentive to get help. Getting help is not illegal. Palliative care is already today using opium a lot.

@shellkr @jd I work as head of IT for a palliative care org in UK - I do not think *total* legalisation of opiates (or anything else) would be good (more a USA libertarian stance) but what I mean is rather than employing cops/feds/army (percieved to be run by a foreign "colonizer") to bust people for *small* amounts of drugs, instead use these resources for more mental health units etc, rehab etc

I expect AF doesn't even have many atm or are they full up with traumatised patients from the war!

@vfrmedia @jd I think you have to work throughout the complete chain. Small amounts should still be punishable... but I agree that it has to become more proportionate. It is crazy how it is today. I also agree that the mental health has to be better cared for. Most will experience a life crisis at least once during their life time. Once could be enough to fall over the ledge. Far from every one is equipped to handle it.

Society has to become better at handling and preventing stress.

@shellkr @jd in UK being caught with for small posession of (any) drugs results only in a Caution and voluntary referral to rehab. Repeated offences result in compulsory attendance for rehab. Only large scale dealing, or violent/anti social behaviour on drugs results in prison.

Malaysia, a majority Muslim country which *used* to have very harsh penalties including *hanging* for small amounts is moving towards copying the model of the Swiss (medical/rehab based), maybe that could work for AF

@vfrmedia @shellkr @jd as someone who got stopsearched by transport police for having a stash tin that had skunk in it two weeks prior, i'm all for the portugese approach to drugs

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