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New approach needed to tackle drugs deaths, say MPs

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6353


Drug related deaths—playing politics while people die

  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh, UK

Pressure is increasing for a radical change to UK drug policy that focuses on harm reduction rather than criminalisation.

A report from the UK parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee recommends the decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use and the introduction of legislation to allow the establishment of safe consumption facilities where users can inject drugs under medical supervision.1

It comes just two weeks after the parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee called for similar radical change in response to what it described as a “public health emergency.”2 Drug related deaths are at an all time high throughout Britain, …

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