Reports calls for personal drug use decriminalisation
Written by centralfmnews on November 4, 2019
MPs are recommending people are no longer prosecuted for possession of drugs, if they’re for personal use.
The Scottish Affairs Committee thinks that changing the law would help deal with the root causes of problem drug use – and encourage people to seek treatment.
It’s also criticised a Home Office decision to block a proposed safe drug consumption facility in Glasgow.
The Chair of the Committee, Pete Wishart MP, commented:
“Throughout our inquiry we heard tragic accounts of the pain and suffering that problem drug use is causing in Scotland. If this number of people were being killed by any other illness, the Government would declare it as a public health issue and act accordingly. The evidence is clear – the criminal justice approach does not work. Decriminalisation is a pragmatic solution to problem drug use; reducing stigma around drug use and addiction, and encouraging people to seek treatment.
We’re not the only ones calling for this change. The Health and Social Care have also said the Government should consider decriminalisation. It reflects the weight of evidence in support of this approach, and I hope the next Government takes this recommendation seriously.”