Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea

Frontline services demand end to ideology-driven policy to save ‘thousands of lives’
The Independent (UK)
Sunday, December 1, 2019

The future UK government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis, including decriminalisation, in an unprecedented plea from the UK’s major drug treatment providers. They implored the next government to be “brave and radical” in the changes they make to current drug laws, described as “not fit for the modern world”. An independent commission must be established to revamp “incredibly outdated” policy, with no options off the table, said the UK’s largest drug treatment provider, Change Grow Live. Ahead of the general election, the charity urged all political parties to commit to setting up this commission and implementing whatever it recommends.