Part 2 of Drug Freeland dealt with restoring parental authority over children, the next step we should take before legalising drugs is reforming the health system.
Abuser pays should be the rule when it comes to “recreational” drugs and medical care.
Taking mind altering drugs always damages the body and/or brain to some degree.
Their whole effect depends on distorting the nervous system in order to produce an unreal perception of reality.
Currently huge amounts of taxpayers money is diverted to alleviate the damage caused by drug abuse.
Most psychiatric hospitals are full of chemical heads, as are accident wards and rehab units. The taxpayer funds methadone programmes, employs numerous counsellors and psychiatrists and runs “halfway houses” all over the country.
In New Freeland all this state mollycoddling will stop. All medicine will be private and paid for by the user, his insurance company, or by some form of private charity.
If an individual overdoses on heroin, gives himself cirrhosis, lung cancer or a mental breakdown, he will bear the cost.
Obviously private health insurance will be near universal and the premiums paid will take into account the individual’s reliance on toxic “relief”. Most drug abuse will probably result in complete denial of cover, or heavily loaded premiums.
Drugs will soon lose their “glamour” if you have to sell your house to fund a two year spell in a psychiatric ward.
Those who insist on damaging their brains through the ingesting of toxic chemicals will either bear the cost themselves or depend on the goodwill of others to help them out of their difficulties.
The good news is that if drug abuse is treated as a medical rather than a criminal problem, more effective means of help will be available.
The network of private charities and charity hospitals partially destroyed by the welfare state will re-generate. The free society will also be the benevolent society.
Currently state drug rehab services have a vested interest on keeping people on their books, in order to justify their own existence.
Private providers rely on private money and have a vested interest in getting results, getting people off drugs and back into productive employment. Private charities are run largely by volunteers, many of whom would love to do themselves out of a job.
Private companies will also step in to provide better and better drug dependency cures, rehab clinics and the like. Curing drug abuse will become a “gap in the market”, just like curing erectile dysfunction, acne, bad breath or crooked teeth.
Entrepeneurs will enter the market looking for more and better ways to cure drug abuse.
Many entrepreneurs and charities will probably contract out to insurance companies. The faster they get people back on their feet, the more money they will make.
If we are bold enough to treat our health services with as much respect as we do the food and clothing industries, we will start to make some real progress on the drug abuse front.
Free markets encourage intelligent business decisions and penalise stupid ones. This gives us better businesses and more wealth.
A free health market would work in the same way. Drug abuse would be treated as the foolish activity it is and be penalised accordingly.
The market, being the most merciful of mechanisms, would also offer fools much more opportunity to overcome their folly.
This would add up to a lot less drug abuse than we suffer under the present irrational regime.