Saturday, 9 May 2009

Class A drug seizures up 84 percent.

In 2008, there was one class A drug seizure every 12 minutes.

A chart like this always offers two potential explanations. Has the consumption of Class A drugs increased over the last 10 years, leading to a commensurate increase in seizures by the police? Or has the level of consumption remained broadly the same, but the Police have worked harder, and increased the number of drug busts?

One clue; the prison population is up about 50 percent since 1998.

(For our overseas readers, a "class A drug" is Heroin, Cocaine etc).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

A frightening thought..

This blog as a showcase for all that is good in the UK....

amigauser said...

The police have just caught a small portion of a far greater mass.

As long as their is a demand for heroin, cocaine (esp), the free market will respond to that demand.
The price of cocaine, heroin is now lower than ever, the quality is far superior to what it was and you can get in any part of the country - this is the free market in action

sobers said...

Think of the tax revenues going to waste! And the savings in pensions from all the overdose deaths! Legalise it and tax it I say. If you want to kill yourself on drugs, why should I pay taxes to try and stop you?

Obsidian said...

Coke really has turned into the party drug of choice over the last decade. Price have dropped, availability has shot up...

The drugs war has failed on every conceivable point, and will continue to do so until we see the global legalization of the current illegal drugs market.

Anonymous said...

Drug prohibition is a total failure and a waste of time. All that it has caused is an increase in crime and social disorder. And big powerful drug gangs cause huge problems for the drug producing countries.

Legalize, Tax, Regulate, Educate.....

And its my experience that trying to force someone from doing something, that only directly effects themselves, only encourages what your trying to stop in the first place.

All laws have their unintentional consequences, when something is banned you have automatically created an illegal industry. Once an industry is on the other side of the law its a natural progression to use other illegal methods (Murder, Guns, Corruption etc). If the illegal industry is successful then you have spare cash to invest in either legal means, which has to be laundered first at added cost, or invest in other illegal industries. So its easy to create a far bigger problem than the one your trying to prevent.

There are exceptions, but drugs are not one of them.

Anonymous said...

The State loves the war on drugs.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that the Police have worked harder, so it must be consumption which is increasing.