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Commissioner gathers support for drug policy reform


Political leaders have been urged to consider reviewing the UK's current drug policy, in a letter sent by Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Over fifty professionals from across the country are backing Mr Hogg by signing his letter, urging the leaders of the Westminster parties to commit to reforming the UK's national drug policy in their manifestos for the 2015 general election, and support health-based recovery for drug addiction.

Mr Hogg said: “I hosted a national event last Thursday to debate a new approach to drugs policy. The focus of our efforts should be on treating rather than punishing.

“What we need from our leaders and policy-makers is an evidence-based discussion about drugs. The Government must listen to the views of professionals and campaigners from up and down the country, who recognise that we need a new approach. That is why I have written to the leaders of all the Westminster parties, urging them to commit to the reform of drugs policy in their next manifestos. More and more people are changing their views and support reform.

“Without reform we will continue to lose the war on drugs, we will continue to throw good money after bad, and we will continue to fail people who are suffering. It is time for change, and a policy which is sensible, not soft.”

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Posted on Wednesday 3rd December 2014
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