In news that will shock and amaze, the National Crime Agency has said that prohibition of widely-used substances is doing bugger all to stem the flow of illegal drugs flooding into the UK. Brits just can't get enough of smoking, ingesting, injecting, and shovelling them up their noses meaning as long as the demand isn't quelled, the suppliers will carry on supplying.
Vince O’Brien, the organisation's head of operations for drugs, firearms and other commodities, told the Guardian that class A drugs are still all the rage and the consumers - who view it as a lifestyle choice as opposed to an addiction - are contributing to the massive profits that gangs and crime lords are reaping as a result.
"Have we in disrupting that criminal group made a large step in choking off drug supply to the UK? I don’t think that is a realistic objective for us to have. Because you can only tackle supply if you tackle the demand market as well," O’Brien explained.
"While there is user base willing to spend millions and millions of pounds worth on drugs, which represent millions and millions of pounds worth of profit, then we will have an issue with illicit drugs in this country.
"We can’t arrest our way out of that anymore than we can arrest our way out of serious violence. We need to tackle the drivers behind it."
Drug dealers have clearly been doing a bang up job in the marketing department, with the Home Office reporting earlier this year that the use of crack cocaine is on the rise in Britain, and that users getting their orders "quicker than a pizza". Dealers are even pitching in and doing their bit for the environment, by cutting down on the use of plastic.
There are countless hot takes on why the war on drugs is a pointless endeavour, and it boils down to O'Brien's observation on supply and demand.
"While we have high levels of production and we have high levels of demand we will continue to have the resilient market we have at the moment," he said, adding that "we need to tackle both of those more effectively."
Feature image: MyEspanolaNow