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Centre welcomes call for drug law rethink

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed calls by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for ‘the personal possession and the use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised’, and for a new strategy to be developed to deal with drug harms modelled on the Portuguese harm reduction approach.

Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre, who chaired our recent event on Portugal’s health-based approach to drug-taking, said:

Open letter calling for drug policy reform

Our Director Richard Garside was one of more than 80 individuals and organisations who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a review of the United Kingdom's approach to illegal drugs.

The letter was organised by drugs charity Release and published yesterday as part of the Global Day of Action, to raise awareness of the harms caused by the war on drugs. It points out that in the past 15 years, over 1.5 million people have been criminalised in the UK for drugs possession.

Richard said:

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