The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has suggested that the UK Government should tighten up the existing drugs laws so that designer drugs are automatically banned, rather than the current system where individual drugs have to be banned one at a time, the process takes so long that usually by the time that it's illegal to buy a designer drug, a new and slightly different chemical that produces very similar effects is out on the market.
So far so sensible right?
Well it would be if prohibition worked. Which it doesn't, and never has done, and in fact often makes the problems associated much much worse.
At no point when I was using drugs did the fact that they were illegal deter me, if anything they added to the thrill, the sense of community I got with other users and addicts, that we were in this together, that we were outlaws, ploughing our own furrow living our own life outside of society.
Laughing and pointing at the people who got up on a Monday morning and went to work all week who at the weekend did the shopping, took the kids to the park and on a Sunday washed the car. They were mugs! They didn't know the pleasure of getting off your tits on a Friday and partying through until Sunday tea time. Working as a means to an end, as my friends and I explored exactly how far we could take the party.