Benefits of drug consumption & trade


United Nations Secretary General, Bulletin on Narcotics, Issue 1, 1949:

"in themselves narcotic drugs are neither dangerous nor harmful. Indispensable to modern medicine, they are used the world over to alleviate pain and restore health. Thus used they bring a great benefit to mankind".


United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Youth and drugs: a global overview, 1999:

"Drug abuse continues to emerge as a strategy among youth to cope with the problems of unemployment, neglect, violence and sexual abuse".


Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Drug misuse and the environment, 1998:

"9.47 Deprivation gives rise to personal distress and psychological discomfort of a kind which can result in depressive illness as well as lesser and more amorphous types of mood disturbance. In such circumstances mind-acting drugs (including illicit drugs) can be used as self-medication to relieve distress or as a substitute source of excitement and good feelings.
6.59 The credibility of messages is enormously important if the awareness and beliefs of individuals are going to be influenced. Another aspect of the messages which we should like to mention is the balance to be struck between the desired feelings generated by taking the drug and the undesirable health consequences. For those who misuse the drug in question and know its effects absence of any mention of the desirable effects is likely to reduce the credibility of the whole message.
3.34 The emphasis on friendship as 'peer pressure' reflects a major difficulty in so much of the social discourse around drug-related issues - namely the absence of any notion of volition or desire. Health education discourses in particular have often been cleansed of any reference to the possibility that people might use drugs because they find them pleasurable. Reflecting the same tendency to view the drug user as a passive victim of circumstance, there is a constant resort to the use of the term 'pusher' which does not accurately describe the dynamics of consensual drug markets, or to the alleged involvement of foreign and alien influences in drug-dealing networks".


The Lancet:
The desire to take mood altering substances is an enduring feature of human societies world-wide and even the most draconian legislation has failed to extinguish this desire ... and this should be borne in mind by social legislators".


NHS Direct Online Health Encyclopaedia - drug misuse benefits:
"there is evidence to suggest that cannabis may be effective as a relaxant in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety and epilepsy".


Tony Blair, National Alcohol Strategy for England:

"Millions of us enjoy drinking alcohol with few, if any, ill effects. Indeed moderate drinking can bring some health benefits. But, increasingly, alcohol misuse by a small minority is causing two major, and largely distinct, problems: on the one hand crime and antisocial behaviour in town and city centres, and on the other harm to health as a result of binge- and chronic drinking. The Strategy Unit’s analysis last year showed that alcohol-related harm is costing around 20bn a year, and that some of the harms associated with alcohol are getting worse.
Everyone needs to be able to balance their right to enjoy a drink with the potential risks to their own - and others’ - health and wellbeing".


BBC Health News, Two-thirds of teens try drugs:

"The study, called Illegal Leisure: The Normalization of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use, concludes that recreational drug use "has been widely accommodated amongst British youth". Judith Aldridge, one of the study's authors, said: "Most are careful and rational consumers, who plan their drug use to occur with friends in places they feel safe and secure. They often report feeling relaxed, friendly, happy, carefree and confident. These good experiences many times outweigh the bad, especially for drugs like cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy."