The call for drug use to be decriminalized is getting louder. Across the UK, officials and activists have begun to band together, their public sentiment starting to echo like a chant, gaining volume. Recently, two major public health groups have joined the chorus, gearing up the movement for change.
Gearing up for a new approach
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) have published a report, titled Taking a New Line on Drugs. In it, they stress that the criminalization of drug users only leads to making the situation worse by preventing them from holding lawful employment and meaningful education. Shirley Cramer, RSPH Chief Executive said:
The time has come for a new approach, where we recognise that drug use is a health issue, not a criminal justice issue, and that those who misuse drugs are in need of treatment and support, not criminals in need of punishment.
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