Drugs dull the mind and make a man dependent on them. His capacity to work and think is greatly reduced. While drugs are banned and looked upon with concern in the society, the other type of drug is being freely distributed by the politicians and Governments of various states in the name of subsidies, makes a man lose will to work and be dependent on the system and in turn on political parties which is their way of remaining in power.
If you want to rule make people weak and dependent on you. That is how Communists keep winning in West Bengal.
The various freebies and subsidies distributed by governments are in a way worse then opium addiction. Distributing money in lieu of a job only reduces crowd at the employment exchange. Crime rate in the society which lives on subsidies is maximum.
Blacks in US enjoy maximum freebies and have maximum crime rate. If you have to work hard to earn your bread you are left with no time to indulge in matters not concerning him.
I would suggest that freebies and subsidies are gradually reduced to nil and let people remain within their means and try to earn more. The GDP will increase much faster.