The acid test

I note a strange paradox, in that a left-wing magazine is advocating free capitalist trade in drugs (Leader, 27 May), whereas right-wing papers and magazines, which normally are all for free trade, will throw their arms up in horror at the suggestion of making drugs freely available.

It is also strange to see how government action to make drugs illegal succeeds only in taking a simple molecule like diamorphine, which can be cheaply and easily made in its pure form, and turning it into an expensive, impure, dangerous mess. A classic example of the law of unintended consequences in action.

Your editorial is the sanest view of the drug problem in this country that I have read in a long time.

Dr Peter Davies
Halifax, West Yorkshire