WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is once again restating his argument that all drugs, including heroin, should be legalized.
This is not a new argument for the former congressman but Frank was speaking on the death of actor of Phillip Seymour Hoffman who died of a heroin overdose after a long battle with addiction. He said criminalization did not prevent Hoffman's death.
"If it is regulated and legally available for people, I don't see any reason to think that would produce more deaths than we now have," he said.
Even though it may not prevent overdoses or deaths, legislators believe that decriminalization strategies, such as allowing heroin users to shoot up under a doctor's supervision, can reduce the number of crimes that result from illegal drug use.