Letters Should drugs be decriminalised?

Debate the balance of harm

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39402.509826.BE (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1060
  1. Stephen Black, management consultant
  1. London SW1 9SR
  1. stephen.black{at}paconsulting.com

    Any resolution of the debate should focus on the balance of harm.1 2 But neither side has defined what evidence could or should be brought to bear on this. Here are two areas where a clearer focus on evidence might move the debate forward.

    Clearly, being addicted to a drug is harmful, but would it be more harmful if the person …

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