Evidence suggests 'war on drugs' is ineffective

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Evidence suggests 'war on drugs' is ineffective
30th October 2014

An eight month study signed off by Theresa May, the Conservative home secretary and Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister, has not found any evidence that being ‘tough on drugs’ curbs usage. 

The report states: “We did not in our fact-finding observe any obvious relationship between the toughness of a country’s enforcement against drug possession, and levels of drug use in that country.”  

Kirstie Douse, from Release and Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor for the Evening Standard discuss the matter and how drugs should be approached in the UK. 

The two also tackle other long held beliefs, such as 'soft' drugs being a gateway to harder substance abuse. 

The government says that it has "no intention of decriminalising drugs".


According to a Downing Street spokesman: "The prime minister thinks the current approach the government is taking is the right one and isn't going to change."

Earlier on the House of Commons debated government policy on drugs.

Comedians, Jacob Edwards and Luke Stephen on the Not The One Show panel discuss the government’s decision.


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