Decriminalisation should not lead to destigmatisation
A public education campaign bordering on scaremongering, and more importantly "social exclusion and social stigmatisation" of the tobacco smokers has contributed to the significant decrease in nicotine addiction...
Where is the evidence for calling for a different approach for dealing with addiction to other drugs?. Unless there is robust evidence to support a different approach, Decriminalisation should not lead to destigmatisation of substance misuse . Better access to addiction treatment and personalised compassionate care does not need destigmatisation at population level. It should be "un-cool" to misuse drugs.
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