Fraser Nelson

Victims of a failing war on drugs

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As the Suffolk Stranger was being sentenced, the Home Office slipped out this written answer on the street price of heroin. It’s almost halved from £74 a gram to £40 a gram. The symmetry was chilling: all the murdered women were addicts. As I write in the News of the World today the government is losing its “war on drugs” (price falls reflect softening of availability constraints) – and in Suffolk we had a glimpse of the human cost.

 

UK Average Drug Prices 1997-2007

£

As at December:

Cocaine (per gram)

Heroin (per gram)

1997

71

74

1998

77

74

1999

75

65

2000

65

70

2001

60

63

2002

56

61

2003

55

62

2004

51

55

2005

49

54

2006

49

50-55

2007

45

40-50

 

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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