The United States is not the only country struggling with overdose deaths—the UK has its fair share of prohibition-related problems as well. One mother is now speaking out against the country’s failed drug policies after she lost two of her sons to heroin overdoses, but her advocacy may not be what you expect. She thinks heroin should be legal.
Seventy-year-old Rose Humphries said prohibition and the shame and stigma she encountered when two of her three children began using drugs did not help their problems. “People see heroin addicts as scum but the struggle they face and the physical symptoms are as harrowing as any other serious illness,” she told the Mirror.
“After the funeral, my grief turned to anger. If heroin had been legally regulated, Jake could have gone into a clinic when he’d relapsed and been given a safe dose, along with access to counseling. Instead a young dad was forced on to the streets to buy it illegally from dealers who don’t care who they sell to or what’s in the drugs they sell.”