Unfortunately, most of the restricted number of doctors (mainly psychiatrists licensed by the Home Office) became more interested in getting addicts off their drugs than in operating the drug ration and maintaining healthy addicts. The doctors increasingly refused to prescribe, producing a 'medical' prohibition and driving the addicts to the gangsters. As addicts took to the black market, their health plummeted and crime rates soared.
Where prescribing is continued it is successful, but the benefits almost wholly accrue to the Home Office and the costs are almost wholly borne by the Department of Health. (However, the costs to the DoH would almost vanish if addicts paid the modest cost of their pure, NHS- supplied, free drugs.)
The conflicting inter-departmental messages lead to the understandable puzzlement of politicians and public.
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