What a shock - Head-shop ban has had "little effect"

borntorum

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Those of us who warned that the tabloid and Joe Duffy inspired crusade against head shops would only lead to the substances being pushed underground and into the hands of criminals have unsurprisingly been shown to be correct.

According to yesterday's Sunday Independent:

It means that rather than destroying the market for drugs previously sold in the shops -- as was hoped for by Health Minister Mary Harney who introduced the ban -- the drugs have simply moved on to the black market.

And the danger they pose has increased because members of the public may take the drugs, without realising what they are taking, and can underestimate both the dose they can tolerate, and the effects the drug may have.
Another specialist, Dr Colin O'Gara, a consultant psychiatrist working in addiction services at St John of God Hospital in Dublin, says the advent of the drugs caused serious problems, but the recent ban on head shops hasn't even reducing the problem.

"Five years ago, cocaine was 100 per cent of the problem, but now it's 50 per cent, with the rest being made up of head-shop drugs such as methadrone.

"We are about where we were before -- dealing with a serious volume."
Docs warn head-shop ban has little effect - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

This was so depressingly predictable, but such is the braindead nature of political 'thought' and 'discussion' in this hole of a country, that the few people who spoke up before the idiotic ban were derided as being soft on drugs. I hope the likes of Grainne Kenny are proud of themselves.
 


YoungLiberal

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Well, I never. This must be a first of some sort. Prohibition has never been known to fail.
 

DeputyEdo

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Sure this was a no brainer....did they really think that by making something illegal, people would no longer want it??
 

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Sure, it had the effect of keeping people's mind off Fianna Fail's handling of the economy for a couple of weeks. Job done, RTE!

P.
 

euroboy

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The govt went along with ban within the context of poor ratings, they thought being seen to act towards a media driven threat would win them popular support.
 

drjimryan2

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regulation, regulation, regulation...........

but the 'duffys law' gang won out, and dermo latched on....

quick and simple legislation is bad, always....
 

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Just as the unlawful carnal knowledge law introduced in a rush in 2006 following the Liveline inspired hysteria about 'Mr A' was flawed and had to be amended, so with the simple-minded desire to ban head-shops.

We never learn
 

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Just as the unlawful carnal knowledge law introduced in a rush in 2006 following the Liveline inspired hysteria about 'Mr A' was flawed and had to be amended, so with the simple-minded desire to ban head-shops.

We never learn
That is the truth.
Be seen to do something is the name of the game.
Don't worry about the fact that it is ineffectual.
 

zerodayronin

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Everybody knew prohibition would solve nothing.
What will be interesting is when this year's crime figures are released in 2011.
They will show a spike in drug related crime from the time the head store products were banned.
 

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Weirdly enough, if they had legalised the lot, and in so doing sorted out the criminality, the economy and disorder in the country at a single stroke, they'd probably be re-elected next time round.

In a way I'm glad they stuck with pandering to the biddy vote stagegy.
 

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What are you talking about ?

Its already had a massive effect, Hasn't there been way more shootings lately.
 

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There has been a huge increase in hospital admissions due to 'head shop' drugs, sold since the stores were banned.
Err..this is because everyone went and stocked up before the ban..they are hardly trained pharmacists in the head shops.

But wait, I thought all these drugs were harmless, fun inducing substances, that the busybodies wanted banned due to membership of the anti - fun brigade ?
 

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Err..this is because everyone went and stocked up before the ban..they are hardly trained pharmacists in the head shops.

But wait, I thought all these drugs were harmless, fun inducing substances, that the busybodies wanted banned due to membership of the anti - fun brigade ?
Who ever claimed that they were harmless? The argument is that it should be up to free individuals to make choices for themselves and not to have the government dictating to them. We should be free to do as we wish as long as we cause no harm to others (and yes, we are free to harm ourselves). Being infantilized by the state is not very dignified.
 

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The situation has deteriorated so much since the ban that doctors working in the HSE's methadone programme to manage opiate addiction have issued a warning that these drugs can prove more dangerous than what one HSE methadone programme doctor called "ordinary decent heroin".

The banned products can lead to serious physical problems such as cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), mental problems including paranoia, and even full-blown psychotic episodes.
Erm . . . ? So did we still want headshops to stock these products to allow people ease of access to?:confused:

What is your suggestion? What would you do?

I don't want my taxes having to go to treat 12 year old kids for addiction to blatantly dangerous products which are sold legally over the counter.
 

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Who ever claimed that they were harmless? The argument is that it should be up to free individuals to make choices for themselves and not to have the government dictating to them. We should be free to do as we wish as long as we cause no harm to others (and yes, we are free to harm ourselves). Being infantilized by the state is not very dignified.
I don't really care what anyone takes, once they have private health insurance.
 


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