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Government review on illicit drug use and violence will not look at decriminalisation

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l655
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Carol Black, who has led a number of medical organisations and chaired government reviews on work and health, will lead a “wide ranging” review of how illicit drug use fuels serious violence. But the review, which will publish its initial findings this summer, will not look at the decriminalisation of drugs.

The review, which has been commissioned by the Home Office, will look at who drug users are, what they are taking, and who is supplying the drugs. It will also examine the harms of drugs and the best ways to prevent their misuse.

The formal terms of reference will be published shortly, but …

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