LETTER: Drug prohibition not the solution

GARRY Robinson (‘‘Fake dope dealer selling to addicts’’ Letters 5/2) suggests banning synthetic drugs will fix the problem. It won’t.

Banning other drugs has not fixed their problem.

Banning alcohol during Prohibition in the US actually increased its consumption.

There is a better way.

We should be looking firstly at decriminalisation, then total government control of the manufacture, labelling and distribution of all drugs, with regulations prescribing how they are marketed.

Remove the drug-dealing business from criminal gangs.

Together with serious education as to drug effects, this just might work as it is starting to work with tobacco (at last).

Oh, and then drugs could also be taxed.

Brian Roberts is the author ofThe Drug Problem Problem.