Another UK Parliament Committee Is Calling For Drug Decriminalization
Another UK House of Commons panel is endorsing the decriminalization of drug possession for personal use, in addition to supporting the establishment of safe consumption sites to prevent overdose deaths. The Scottish Affairs Committee said on Monday that after consulting with health professionals, government bodies and academics—as well as touring countries such as Portugal that have pursued far-reaching drug policy reforms—panel members determined that the UK government should address drug use as a public health, rather than criminal justice, issue. Our report on Problem drug use in Scotland was published today. We recommend that the UK Government decriminalises the possession of drugs. Read the report here: https://t.co/svv7aDxfYY #DrugUseScotland pic.twitter.com/cWvtznBxq1 — Scottish Affairs Committee (@CommonsScotAffs) November 4, 2019 A report the committee released recommends decriminalizing low-level drug possession, providing for safe injection sites and pursuing “evidence-based policymaking” as a means to curtailing overdose deaths and helping people suffering from addition to get into treatment. “Throughout our inquiry we heard tragic accounts of the pain and suffering that problem drug use is causing in Scotland,” MP Pete Wishart, chair of the panel, said in a press release. “If this number of people were being killed by any other illness, the Government would…
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