Breaking Bad

A reply to the Regulation Impact Statement on banning the importation of substances which mimic the effects of illicit drugs

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. In 2014, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest rated show of all time. On one level it is a ‘morality play’ about a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime producing methamphetamine from a mobile laboratory in the form of a caravan, in order to ensure his family is looked after when he is gone. On another level, the program offers policy makers a compelling and fascinating account of how the prohibition of illicit drugs makes organized crime rich and casts misery on average families. We would strongly advise policy makers to watch the first series before escalating any prohibition on illicit drugs.

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