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Doctors should do more for drug addicts, committee says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7349.1295/a (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1295
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Britain's doctors are not doing enough to care for drug misusers, according to a House of Commons committee report published last week.

    The Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by former Labour minister Chris Mullin, also concluded that an enforcement based approach to drug misuse was not working.

    The committee declined, however, to recommend the legalisation of cannabis, suggesting instead that it be downgraded from a class B to a class C illegal substance. This change, already proposed by home secretary David Blunkett, is likely to be announced in the summer. He rejected the committee's proposal to downgrade ecstasy from …

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