No one forced the heroin down their throats. Not only do the dealers need to be thrown in jail, but also the user should they choose a life of crime to support their habit. It was their choice to use...now face the consequences. Too bad if their addicted.
Would you say the same about all the coffee addicts? Watch them go through withdrawal, headaches, irritability, inability to concentrate or work.
Would you say the same about the alcohol addicts? Unlike heroin, alcohol withdrawal can literally kill the addict.
Would you say the same about nicotine addicts? After all, nicotine is as addictive as heroin. Prohibit nicotine and watch a huge black market appear, full of organized crime, corruption of governments and finance, retailing street gangs shooting up their turf wars and contract disputes. And of course you'd see the product cut or treated with deadly or toxic adulterants. You'd see in cigarettes (like we did see in alcohol prohibition) the same exact problems we see in heroin prohibition today.
Would you say the same about all those people hooked on anti-depressants, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety or other psych meds? Or those who can't have sex without Viagra? Or those hooked on pain killers?
Would you say the same about those who are obese, hooked on junk food, fatty foods or other known killer foods?
Would you say the same for those hooked on a thrill, riding motorcycles or rock-climbing or sky-diving?
Or what about those hooked on porn or gambling? Would you also like to see them punished in violent prisons full of diseases and dehumanizing conditions in so many ways?
After all, the laws prohibiting certain drugs while allowing so many other drugs as well as other vices and risks and health hazards.....we see these laws are nothing but culture war, sadistic use of prisons and police to hurt those people who choose different drugs or vices than the people who cheer on the culture war.
The drug war laws make the drugs more dangerous, the streets more dangerous, and they waste police and court resources. All the while, the drug war fails to cut demand or supply, instead just pushing the huge commerce into the black market where kids can be part of the action and are never asked for proof of age. Drug prohibition is a hollow moral grandstanding that in practice makes many problems worse and solves none. It is the worst possible drug policy for these reasons.