Why it's time to dump our discredited drugs policy

Date: 
Tuesday, 07 June, 2016

Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre, writes in Scottish Herald about UK drug policy. The article was informed by the Centre's recent event on a health-led response to drugs. She writes:

There isn’t an easy answer to resolving drug harms. But this doesn’t mean we should accept the facile ‘tough is safe’ line on drugs. [Kenny] MacAskill was one of the most senior politicians from any of the UK’s nations and regions to speak out on this issue. To better understand the role drug regulation plays in drug use, its impact on the health and welfare of all citizens, including drug users, as well as the violence and money generated by current drug markets; we need more politicians willing to do the same.