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The only other possible option is to "legitimise supply" of virtually all non-lethal drugs by making it the purview of legit pharma companies under quality controlled conditions and sold to adults in Pharmacies but without prescription.  That creates the problem of - I can get heroin without prescription but not an antibiotic - idiotic isn't it?

So then we get to the full libertarian position - all drugs should be freely available without state or medical "interference" and its is up to people themselves to educate themselves and decide what to do with their bodies.

Your post is otherwise well thought out, but this is a slippery slope fallacy: There are very rational reasons to restrict antibiotics, irregardless of what happens to heroin.

Misusing antibiotics, unlike misusing heroin, affects the entire population through the development of resistant bacterial strains.* Further, antibiotics, are medical interventions designed to combat specific diseases, and there is a very strong case to be made that such drugs should be prescribed for the simple reason that it will force the patient to consult his doctor on a regular basis while the treatment is ongoing. Self-medicalisation is, after all, A Very Bad Idea.

- Jake

*This is, of course, assuming that the anti-social behaviour associated with irresponsible use of heroin is considered socially acceptable on balance.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jan 7th, 2008 at 10:35:49 PM EST
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