Discouraging people from fucking up their lives with dangerous drugs is a bad thing, I guess. I'm not sure paranoia about government is appropriate here.
Personally, I don't think government's involved yet. The media certainly is. I also don't know whether this is a disinformation campaign or not. But aren't we people who supposedly believe in examining objective evidence before making up our minds?
"Discouraging people from fucking up their lives with dangerous drugs" isn't a bad thing if the discouraging is done by disseminating factual information. But if people learn that the "experts" lie or exaggerate, that actually makes them more inclined to try dangerous drugs.
Case in point. I heard that one of the most brilliant, studious, and conservative girls I went to high school with had become a heroin addict. I didn't believe it. Shortly thereafter I walked past a rehab center, and there she was (working as a counselor by then, fortunately). When I asked her how the hell she, of all people, got hooked on heroin she said, "They told me marijuana would kill me. I tried it and it didn't. They told me LSD would kill me. I tried it and it didn't. They told me heroin would kill me. I tried it and it damn well nearly did."
If she had known the information she got was accurate -- not sensationalized, not exaggerated, not made up out of whole cloth to sell stories or pad the budgets of drug warriors -- she'd never have gone that far.
Again, I'm making NO claims about krocodil. I'm just being what I thought we all were hereabouts -- skeptical.