Back in the 1920s, Americans saw alcohol as so damaging that they outlawed it. The era of prohibition was perhaps the greatest failure in history of trying to stop something just by banning it.
Hard drugs, like Heroin, are illegal to sell and illegal to use. The illicit drug trade costs our society millions of dollars in insurance costs associated with crime, not to mention overcrowded gaols and deaths by overdoses.
Germany has put a heroin trial in place. The idea is that a whole bunch of heroin addicts are given daily injections of clean heroin - diamorphine - in registered clinics (supervised by medical professionals) rather than buying the stuff themselves from "the street" and injecting it themselves.
A similar scheme has been running in Switzerland for ten years.
The result? Less crime, falling rates of addiction and almost no overdoses.
Are we going to try it out? Oh no. If we do that the bogeyman might get us. That and the fact that scientists have proven beyond doubt that Europe completely sucks.