Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
This is actually true. I volunteer on the DTES (the drug infested part of Vancouver) and it's well known that the majority of crimes are committed for the purpose of getting money to buy drugs. Same thing with prostitution.
A drug "pusher" (who will work for organized crime like the Hell's Angels here or Mafia in other cities) wants to have as many "customers" as possible. Once a person is addicted then that pusher (and his boss) now has a customer that will bring them in a guaranteed $100-300 per day, every day, for the rest of their life until they OD and die, go to prison, or get treatment for their addiction (the least likely outcome). They need to get that money somewhere and they sure aren't getting it from having a regular job.
Now I'm not for making all drugs freely available, but they could make the addictive drugs free for addicts. This would greatly reduce the income organized crime makes and also greatly reduce property crime (to pay for those drugs). And the price for these drugs wouldn't be that much of a burden on health care since they won't cost the government the same price as "street drugs" with their ridiculous profit.