It should come as no great surprise to know that due to cocaine becoming cheaper (albeit the quality significantly less), that people using it has increased. It's clear to see that the war on drugs is losing in a big way. It does however make you wonder how so much gets through customs though. Could it by any chance, be that certain officials ‘look the other way’ and suddenly find themselves in a new house and driving a new car?
To be honest, I don't see that by locking up drug addicts in prison is making this problem go away. The enormous cost of putting a cocaine or crack addict through the legal system and the huge cost for the tax payers to keep them incarcerated could better be put to use to help these addicts.
Instead of treating the cause of their addiction, they are just making these people suffer more and become even worse. It's not like they can't get access to their drug of choice in jail - as just about any illegal drug can be got whilst in prison. When these addicts eventually get out, they are in fact in a much worse position.
Unless they have a home to go to (which in many cases is unlikely), they will probably be put into a hostel or halfway house; which can cost on average £150 - £200 per week per person and paid for by the state. I believe that governments need to focus on first understanding the problems that cause people to become cocaine and crack addicts - but the real truth is, that they couldn't care less about these people and don’t see them as human beings.
Politicians don't live in council estates - they live in their country homes or in posh, up-market areas that are well protected by higher police presence where they are safe and away from the reality of where the lower classes struggle to survive. These politicians were brought up in a totally different environment whereby their future is something to look forward to.
Without any doubt at all, being brought up with money and going to public school in the countryside makes all the difference to how the upper class turn out in life. They don't have a clue about how it is for those that come from one-parent families are have to drag themselves up in poverty through no fault of their own.
The environment for those that are living in poverty don't have the same choices and opportunities as those that grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths. It's true that some do fight their way out of their predicament but for most - the environment is so much stronger than the individual and thus strongly dictates their attitude and direction.
It's so much easier for those with college and university educations that have degrees’ and academic qualifications to get a cushy job sitting on their arses all day dishing out orders, than it is for those that have zero academic skills and spend their life breaking their backs for a living. The lower classes always seem to struggle financially and always tend to be behind with their bills etc - unlike those that live in areas like Kensington, that consider their day's work to be shopping up and down the King's Road in and out of boutiques.