Yes, it is known; many prisoners do have a drugs problem.

The FDP solution is simple. Simply make drugs available to prisoners free of charge, and administered under supervision, ie. prisoner's needs are satisfied by prison medical staff. Therefore, no drugs would need to be smuggled into prisons, and the trade in drugs would not be endemic. By this means each prisoner's daily usage and their rehabilitation would be monitored, and by means of dosage control and substitution, thereby progressively weaned off the weed.

The introduction of such a practice would have greater implications for the general public, and the FDP policy envisages its eventual adoption in the wider world outside of prisons, ie. as a universal Government social policy. By this the FDP means, make drugs "Freely" available under the Medical Guidance of the National Health Service, and Free, But, funded from the Home Office Budget because drug abuse is in reality a socio/criminal/legal problem, not strictly a health problem in origin but the NHS does often have to bear the consequential costs. So, finding a solution to this socio/economic problem would in fact benefit both the Home Office the NHS, long term.

The FDP are not advocating unrestricted use. As with the prison practice, make drugs universally available under supervision. Any person having a drugs need, needs only to register with a certified drugs administrator, who will enter the person's requirement on a national data base. The administrator would then be authorised to inject/administer the addict with his/her daily dose or witness the addict inject him/herself.

The Advantages: no costs to the addict; therefore no drug addict crime; no drug trade. Pushers pushed out of business.

Massive benefits for society and street security. Huge savings to police and NHS budgets.

Once registered on the central computer data base, the addict can go to any "shooting gallery" throughout the country for their daily dose. The shooting galleries and administrators to be established in every main police station throughout the UK: or other designated secure centre. The costs will be more than covered by the savings.

This approach is practised with great success in Holland, keeping the streets clear of injecting junkies. The only difference being they do not supply the drugs. This does not solve the criminal supply problem as would

the FDP approach.

Assuming the necessary drugs supply is funded by eg. the Home Office, they will need a source of supply.

Where do hard drugs come from? Currently the principal source of supply of raw opium is Afghanistan, but there are other centres also.

But we don't want raw opium, we need a refined therapeutic drug.

Solution: set up/build a drugs processing laboratory in Afghanistan (or some other opium centre) on an industrial scale to refine raw opium into British NHS standard morphine (and derivatives) to be used in the FDP Controlled Drugs Rehabilitation Scheme. The scheme would of course also supply the UK NHS with such therapeutic drugs as it needs. A further additional economic advantage to the UK.

A good case can be constructed for convincing both participating Governments of the economic and social advantages to each of them, deserving of joint Government funding.

Export trade for Afghanistan (or elsewhere) without destroying indigenous farming.

Introduction of a high technology pharmaceutical industry.

The illegal trade would be killed off at source, with an economic advantage being generated for the participating countries by the creation of a legitimate export trade, not only with Britain, and without penalising the country's opium farmers.

The need is universal throughout the western world. Therefore, the opportunity presents itself for the UK construction and pharmaceutical industries to build replica laboratories in all the principal supply centres around the world.

And, the drugs problem would be cracked world wide.

It is to be noted that the above Paper was written on April 2004, since which time several attempts have been

made to get the government (home office); industry; the prison service; the NHS, to implement such a plan; all to no avail, yet on November the 12 th, 2006 the Home Office conceded out of court settlements to six (6) inmates for breach of their human rights for denying them drugs or treatment. This precedent will now be

invoked nation - prison wide. If only they had the humility to listen to more enlightened thinkers.

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