Call for a fresh approach on drugs policy

Our Deputy Director Will McMahon co-signed a letter in The Sunday Telegraph, published yesterday, calling for the government to join the growing global policy shift towards a health-led approach in relation to the harms of controlled substance misuse. The call comes as the government...

12 September 2016

A new approach to drugs for the Trainspotting generation

The stars have been in Edinburgh for the filming of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and other actors have been on the streets of the capital as the sequel to the 1990s cult...

Kenny MacAskill
21 July 2016

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...

16 June 2016

Open letter on drugs to UN Secretary General

The Centre's director, Richard Garside, was among more than 1,000 public figures across the world calling on the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to support an open and constructive debate on drugs policy.

The call comes in advance of a Special Session of the UN General...

14 April 2016

Ending the civil war on drugs

If there is a ‘war on drugs’, it’s a civil war; the main protagonists our own people not some foreign enemy.

It’s a problem that’s rooted more in social and economic inequalities, than in...

Kenny MacAskill MSP
6 January 2016

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...

27 June 2014

Estimating drug harms: a risky business?

Alcohol probably poses the biggest drugs harm challenge today, according to a new briefing from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In Estimating drug harms: a risky business , Professor David Nutt, of Imperial College London argues that the relative harms of legal drugs such as alcohol and...
Professor David Nutt
1 October 2009