Those of us who warned that the tabloid and Joe Duffy inspired crusade against head shops would only lead to the substances being pushed underground and into the hands of criminals have unsurprisingly been shown to be correct.
According to yesterday's Sunday Independent:
It means that rather than destroying the market for drugs previously sold in the shops -- as was hoped for by Health Minister Mary Harney who introduced the ban -- the drugs have simply moved on to the black market.
And the danger they pose has increased because members of the public may take the drugs, without realising what they are taking, and can underestimate both the dose they can tolerate, and the effects the drug may have.Docs warn head-shop ban has little effect - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ieAnother specialist, Dr Colin O'Gara, a consultant psychiatrist working in addiction services at St John of God Hospital in Dublin, says the advent of the drugs caused serious problems, but the recent ban on head shops hasn't even reducing the problem.
"Five years ago, cocaine was 100 per cent of the problem, but now it's 50 per cent, with the rest being made up of head-shop drugs such as methadrone.
"We are about where we were before -- dealing with a serious volume."
This was so depressingly predictable, but such is the braindead nature of political 'thought' and 'discussion' in this hole of a country, that the few people who spoke up before the idiotic ban were derided as being soft on drugs. I hope the likes of Grainne Kenny are proud of themselves.