Briefing Paper for the upcoming debate on the 'Misuse of Drugs Act' - 17th June

Release's briefing paper for the Parliamentary debate on the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) - 17th June, 2021 (House of Commons).


The briefing paper addresses:

  1. 50 years of UK drug policy failure (with the 27th May, 2021 marking the 50th anniversary of the MDA). 
  2. Misallocation of public spending towards drug law enforcement at the expense of public health budgets
  3. Barriers to the implementation, and expansion, of life-saving harm reduction interventions in the UK
  4. Reform possible within the current legislative framework
  5. Evidence to support the ending of criminal sanctions for drug possession