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Doctors urge public health led approach to drugs policy

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3387 (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3387
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Public health doctors have called for an end to the criminalisation of drug possession and personal drug use.

In a report the Royal Society for Public Health, supported by the Faculty of Public Health,1 called for a move away from the “war on drugs” approach, towards harm reduction and public health led policies. It said that the recent United Nations General Assembly meeting on global drug use was a “missed opportunity” to pursue such policies.2

Although the report acknowledged that drug use has fallen over the last decade there has been an increase in the use of class A drugs, such as heroin. Self reported drug use among 16 to …

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