Taking a new line on drugs

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2016

In their new report ‘Taking a new line on drugs’ the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) call for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy rather than one reliant on the criminal justice system.  Key recommendations in the report include; transferring lead responsibility for UK illegal drugs strategy to the Department of Health, and more closely aligning this with alcohol and tobacco strategies; the provision of  universal Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in UK schools, with evidence-based drugs education as a mandatory, key component; the creation of  evidence-based drug harm profiles to supplant the existing classification system in informing drug strategy, enforcement priorities, and public health messaging; the decriminalising of personal use and possession of all illegal drugs diverting those whose use is problematic into appropriate support and treatment services instead.

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