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Parents against prohibition: campaigning for drug law reform

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1876 (Published 19 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1876

Re: Parents against prohibition: campaigning for drug law reform

“We need to move beyond fear, discrimination, and punishment, and towards drug laws that are centred around honesty, compassion, and health.”

While we wait for the authorities to see the light many more lives will be lost, avoidably damaged or blighted.

In this issue semantics are very important if sceptics are to be brought on board and decriminalisation not legalisation, with the implication that the previous position was somehow wrong, simply recognises the overdue necessity for change. Decriminalisation also concentrates the mind as to what the problem really is, not the addict with a habit who needs help, support and perhaps treatment but criminal activity in supply right down to the school gate and in obtaining money through theft to support the habit. We must remove organised crime as the supplier and protect our future generations from this scourge. Once the criminal element is removed one can see the wood from the trees and manage the situation effectively.

Adult drug addicts should be registered to enable them to obtain supplies for personal use only at low cost from approved, regulated and sanctioned outlets. Any other supplier or the holding of more than the personal issue by the user would be subject to such punishment as may be necessary to satisfy a public still sceptical about supporting such a development.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 April 2017
Alfred P J Lake
Locum Consultant in Pain Medicine
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Abergele Hospital, LLanfair Road, Abergele LL22 8DP.