A sane approach to drugs policy

By Press Office
November 11, 2009

Commenting on the latest resignation of experts from the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, Simon Barrow, co-director of the think-tank Ekklesia said:

“The outcome of a meeting described by the Government as ‘very constructive’ has been the resignation of another three scientific experts on the misuse of drugs. This aptly illustrates the air of unreality around current policy and its unease about evidence-based advice or comment.

“A more sane drugs debate, which recognises that legislation should be aimed at harm reduction and the breaking of criminal control, rather than an ineffectual ‘look how tough we are’ attitude, is needed. Moral posturing and a ‘war on drugs’ approach do not seem to be working.”

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