People who Take Illegal Drugs ‘Shouldn’t be Treated as Criminals’

Interesting article by Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent for The Telegraph:

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, said that at present illegal use of drugs was treated mainly as a law and order issue.

However, giving evidence to MPs yesterday Dame Sally referred to research which suggested the focus on criminalisation was “deterring drug users from seeking medical help”.

She said: “I think we have a health problem, and we would do well as a nation to look at is as a health problem. I think there’s quite a lot of evidence from other countries, and science, about how you could go about that.”