Drug users must be treated as “patients first,” says BMA

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f306
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Drug policy in the United Kingdom should focus more on health to help reduce the negative effects of illegal drug use, says the BMA.

The new report from the BMA’s Board of Science says that the association was seeking to “open and refocus the debate on drug treatment and drug policy through the eyes of the medical profession,” amid concerns that health could be sidelined in the current debate on drug use.

The report, Drugs of Dependence: The Role of Medical Professionals,1 acknowledges that the UK’s drug policies now show a greater sensitivity to social and economic factors than in the past but …

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