In response to a post on Gizmodo about the humane and sensible NYPD program of police officers carrying Narcan to give to overdosing heroin users, this comment appears:
So that’s the opinion of MartiniGuy.
Here’s a chart showing the harm factor of different drugs, according to a major study from Imperial College London, which considered both harm to the user and to others:
|Benzodiazepines (e.g. valium)||15|
|Mephedrone (aka drone, MCAT)||13|
And here’s a chart showing deaths from various drugs, showing a larger and growing alcohol deaths problem and a smaller and steady heroin deaths problem:
I think almost everybody is probably like MartiniGuy: alcohol abuse is “normal,” heroin abuse isn’t, so let the heroin users die. Our capacity to fit our moral understanding to our personal behavior is very powerful.