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Royal commission should be set up to look at UK drug policy, MPs say

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 10 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8403
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

MPs have called for a royal commission to examine and deal with failings in UK drug policy, in their first report into the issue in a decade.

The Home Affairs Committee has today published detailed findings from a year long inquiry. It supports the direction that the government set out in its 2010 drug strategy1 but calls for additional measures to be implemented to tackle the drugs problem in the United Kingdom.

As a key priority the report identifies the need to “break the cycle” of drug addiction, pinpointing improved treatment in prisons and society as whole, early intervention, and better education and preventive work as key areas to focus on.

The committee said that it was “disturbed” that almost a …

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