It is not the actual law, but a summary. It only shows the difference of class of the most common drugs, the actual list of substances reffered by the
law is of course huge. I translated parts of this directly of the Dutch Justice Departments website.
I think this helps of getting a bit better understanding of the factual difference in levels of drugs.
I saw a crued mistake on the first page regarding ephedra being the same as speed. It is not!
So I hope even though this is not containing perscription drugs etc., it helps a bit in a general sense.
What is the difference between harddrugs and softdrugs?
The Dutch law regarding intoxicating substances (the Opiumlaw) has the potential health risk to the user as main guidance factor. This risk varies per
category of drugs.
category I : substances with an unacceptable health risk, for example heroïne, cocaïne, XTC en amphetamins (and there side products*), also know
as harddrugs, ILLEGAL*;
category II: substances that cause regardable less health problems; these are cannabisproducts (originating from the hemp plant), know as
marihuana and hash, SEMI-LEGAL*.
I know they are very liberal regarding drugs, but this is working better then other systems, as a fact.
DENIAL OF IGNORANCE =
- less addicts in percentage of population
- in numerous ways less crime and violence in soceïty
- in numerous ways less costs for soceïty
There's a rather small percentage of the experimenting population that actually gets addicted to harddrugs, even with the ready availabillity of
softdrugs, to persons over 18 years old. Yes, there is a small group of core junkies, mainly hooked on heroin, speed and/or cocain, but a low
percentage of the population. The Dutch medical research is leading, towards better understanding of the effects, rather than trying to be ignorant of
the facts. This also mirrors on the population. People do not get isolated in soceïty that fast because the general understanding of the facts is
higher, and if you need help it is well organized, free and available, as is factual information.
I actually know some of the people doing this research, and also working in drug rehabiltation (not because of personal drug issues!
Drug addiction can have many reasons and the most important is IGNORANCE, so in my opinion as far as for child drug addiction, yes the parents are
also to blame, but surely not totally, as there are numerous factors, like social and economical.
*added by me