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Heroin Sales Rise In Europe As Smuggling Rises

Two years ago, the European Union created the Schengen Zone which allows goods to enter nations without having to be bothered by border checks. The idea was to create a free flowing distribution of goods throughout the EU, but there have been some unforseen results as the policy– a dramatic growth in heroin. A major point of entry for Afghan heroin is the Czech Republic, which in itself has never been a good market for the sale of heroin, but its position allows for easy distribution throughout the region. Police are now capturing young men from eastern Europe who use airplanes in order to bring in the heroin although a preferred route is by car since the Schengen Zone prevents searching cars unless there is reasonable suspicion of crime. Pavel Drobek of the Czech Republic Customs office, claims, “The Czech Republic now serves as a transit country for heroin. He says custom officials are surprised “they do it in such an obvious way.”

It is time for the European Union and the world to re-evaluate the entire approach toward drugs of making it a criminal product. Perhaps, a new approach which creates a process of making drugs legal will end the presence of drug lords and bribery and crime. We need new solutions for drugs in the 21st century.

UN Urges Russia To Fight AIDS Now

UN AIDS chief, Peter Piot urged the Russian government to combat HIV/AIDs in a more aggressive manner or risk undoing its program of prevention. He said not enough was being done to assist those who have the disease. Russia ranks behind Southeast Asia and sub-Sahara Africa with the highest rate of people infected with the disease. It lies on the main trafficking rute from Afghanistan to Europe which dramatically increases the probability millions will be infected with disease. Piot is mainly concerned over failure of the Russian government to invest in clinics where heroin users can take the opiate substitute methadone in a clean controlled environment-a technique which has reduced HIV infections in Europe and North America.”If you don’t supplly clean needles, if you don’t supply methadone, you can’t control the epidemic,” said Piot.

One of the tragedies of the Putin administration has been its failure to pour millions into the health system resulting in a collapse of a health care system which once was noted for its efficiency.

Drug Use Soars In England As Blair Policy Proves Incompetent!

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was not only enamored of his beloved American friend, George Bush, but he also actually believed the American FBI knew how to deal with drug problems. Blair created an FBI style the Serious Organized Crime AGency(SOCR) to crush the influx of drugs into Great Britain. Last year approximately 3 tons of drugs were seized compared to over 9 tons in 2004-2005. SOCR has proved to be as much a fiasco as Blair’s policy in supporting the war in Iraq. Drugs are flooding the nation resulting in a dramatic drop in the price of heroin from $140 a gram ten years ago to $90 a gram in 2007. Ironically, the overall drug use in England has probably dropped due to a decrease by young people in using cannabis. Drug experts point out today one can walk the streets of London and get your pick of the drug of your desire. In sections of north London like Camden Town, drug sellers merely wait until the police walk by and then return to openly selling their wares. Most police believe the switch from a local police effort to a centralized national approach has proved to be disastrous.

This writer opposes all drug laws and argues for the government to establish a monopoly on drugs. A combination of controlling all drug use under proper medical supervision and extensive educational programs concerning the harmful effects of drugs will do more to reduce drug use than the current system which only results in crime and enormous financial power given drug lords. America has over 600,000 drug users in jail where they receive an education in becoming a criminal and costs society about $35,000 a year for their imprisonment. Rehabilitation should be the focus of drug programs since drugs cause incredible damage to the physical and mental lives of humans. Drug users need to be medically supervised and provided psychological and counseling assistance as well as access to meaningful work if we desire to win the war against drugs. I hate drugs but also recognize the current approach has only resulted in devastating societies all over the world by giving enormous financial power to sick and violent drug lords.