Originally Posted by logan5
Knowingly selling killer drugs amounts to murder, and here we have at least 900 victims. If these were all middle class people dying from tainted drugs, I have a feeling there would be a much stronger response from the police.
The general Canadian population is extremely poorly informed about drugs. There is little honest discussion of risk, why people use drugs or become addicts, what is or isn't successful for treating them, etc.
A lot of people don't realize, to take one example, that a drug like heroin is not inherently deadly. If a unadulterated heroin is safely administered to an average person in some settings (like in a hospital when they're sick), the risk of problems, including addiction, is low. Put that same person out on the street where they are under stress and have easier access to adulterated drugs, shared needles, etc. and they will have a very high mortality rate.
I hope that marijuana legalization happens quickly and Canada moves on to overhauling the regulations around every other controlled substance.