Harm reduction

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Drug reformers to converge on New Zealand : Amanda Feilding Talk

March 11, 2014 Global Policy News

‘Pathway to Reform’ is a unique opportunity to hear how New Zealand became the first country in the world to regulate the legal highs industry. Learn how the industry worked with the government to develop a ‘reverse onus’ model to future-proof drug policy and address the emerging realities of Psychoactive Substances in society. Find out […]

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Petition: Have the Misuse of Drugs Act Discussed in Parliament

April 5, 2013 Drug abuse

A new e-petition has been set up on the gov.uk website calling for an impact assessment of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The petition has one year to collect 100,000 signatures, and if successful will prompt a debate of the effectiveness of the primary piece of drug legislation in the UK.

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Chief Medical Officer: People who take illegal drugs ‘shouldn’t be treated as criminals’

January 24, 2013 Harm reduction

Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s most senior doctor, has questioned the government’s policy of criminalising all people who take illegal drugs and said they should be treated primarily as if they have a “health problem”.

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Doctors make themselves heard in the drug policy debate

January 16, 2013 Harm reduction

The British Medical Association, a professional association and registered trade union for doctors, has published a comprehensive report on drug policy in the UK making clear the role they feel medical practitioners should play, not only in improving care of problem drug users, but also in becoming involved in the political debate over drug policy

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Report from cross-party Parliamentary Group calls for radical drug policy reform

January 14, 2013 Drug abuse

A panel of peers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform today released a new report. It focuses on ‘legal highs’, but also makes a number of other recommendations including decriminalising personal drug use and introducing a ‘class D’ to the current classification system, to allow carefully controlled sale of those psychoactives considered to pose a relatively low risk of harm. It is the third major report in as many months to recommend sweeping changes to UK drug policy.

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Amanda Feilding to meet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina

January 14, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Director Amanda Feilding, is travelling to Guatemala for meetings with President Otto Pérez Molina, his Foreign Minister, and other senior figures in the Guatemalan government. She will be presenting our proposals for alternative drug policy options in Guatemala, which aim to reduce violence and corruption and allow resources currently devoted to tackling criminality to be re-allocated for health, education and development.

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Petty drug users fill New Zealand jails

January 8, 2013 Global Policy News

In New Zealand, a disproportionate number of petty drug users populate prisons; a result of the prohibitionist approach.

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Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

January 7, 2013 Drug abuse

Professors of Economics Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy put forward the argument for ending modern prohibition from an economic point of view.

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Croatia decriminalises drug possession

December 18, 2012 Drug use/misuse

The new law will come into effect on January 1st, at which point those found in possession of drugs will either receive a fine, be sent for rehabilitation, or ordered to do community service. Previously, anyone convicted of drugs possession could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.

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Home Affairs Committee recommends UK drug policy reform

December 10, 2012 Harm reduction

The overall conclusion of the report is that the Government needs to invest in an evidence-based and harm-reducing approach to drugs. Unfortunately the Home Office is set to ignore these recommendations, repeating the same claim that current drug policies are successful and backed up by all the best evidence – presumably not including the UKDPC report, the last Home Affairs Select Committee Report, and this Home Affairs Select Committee report (representing together almost 10 years of evidence gathering) which all call for a new approach.

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