It is reported that Thames Valley Police plan to introduce the most lenient policy on illegal substances ever seen in this country. As reported in the Daily Mail, users found in possession of Class A drugs including heroin, cocaine and ecstasy, most likely dealers, will be sent on their way without so much as an official caution.
As Philip Flower a former Met Police Chief Superintendent said, the stupidity of this insidious policy goes much deeper than mere naivety, it actively erodes the police’s ability to exercise control on the streets.
The police know that drug dealers in London and elsewhere run sophisticated supply networks, and their operations bring vulnerable people into the UK who are ruthlessly ruled by fear to sell drugs on our streets.
Senior police officers who are responsible for downgrading drug possession and dealing, should see the abject misery and suffering that drugs bring to users, their families and communities. They should immediately reverse this policy.
Is it any wonder the NHS cannot cope? It is dealing with a huge increase in population due to immigration and high birth rates, an aging population with serious health issues, alcohol, drug and obesity related admissions, including juvenile type 2 diabetes. All take their toll on hospitals which should not be coping with self-inflicted ailments.
As the late Dr Jan de Winter said, “Prevention is better than cure”. Surely we should take responsibility for our own health and not expect the NHS to pick up the pieces when our bodies break under the strain of abuse from drugs alcohol, obesity and over indulgence.
It is not the NHS which is in crises, it is those of us who treat our bodies and minds with contempt without understanding the consequences. It is all very well offering a Health Service free to all at the point of delivery, perhaps now is the time to think about drawing up some red lines before the whole system implodes.
Sussex and Surrey Police have launched their Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers with a message -
"Jingle bells, here’s our cells, open every day;
If you drive with drink or drugs, you’ll soon be on your way."
Last year a total of 56 people died in road accidents in Sussex, 13 of which involved a drink-driver. Chief Insp Gooch who is leading the campaign said, “Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year, and sadly despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”
Sussex and Surrey Police have committed officers to the campaign, and details of those convicted – including their names, age, address and occupation – will be published online.
Chief Insp Gooch added: “If you are planning to drive after ‘just a couple’, it is more than likely you will be over the limit. The only way to guarantee you are under the limit is to drink OR drive; never both.”
“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body. Even if you’ve slept several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning. A coffee and cold shower will not speed up the process.”
So, if you want to avoid: a minimum 12 month ban; an unlimited fine; a possible prison sentence; a criminal record; an increase in your car insurance; trouble travelling to the USA, or perhaps death or injury, don’t drink or drug-drive.
Wishing you all a Safe and Happy New Year.