Nick Clegg calls for a rational debate about drugs regulation

17 February 2014

Blenheim welcomes Nick Clegg’s call for a rational debate about Drugs Law and regulation in the UK. For 50 years Blenheim have supported and continues to support those who get into problems with their use of drugs and alcohol.

At Blenheim we believe we need to be careful and take responsibility for understanding the serious health risks that can accompany drug and alcohol use. We believe that the supply of drugs including alcohol and tobacco needs to be heavily regulated.

Blenheim works with thousands of people who have serious health and dependency problems as a result of their drug and alcohol use. The early death and ill health of so many is an ongoing national tragedy.

As a society we must regulate the supply of recreational drugs for consumption and ensure that people are aware of the risks so that they are able to make informed decisions. We must also ensure that people are not being sold contaminated substances or products with widely varying purity levels, two of the things implicated in a significant number of drug related deaths.

The UK’s current approach makes many substances illegal, and in doing so abdicates any responsibility for control, regulation, public health, trading standards or supply. It pushes supply into the hands of criminal gangs and is a direct cause of drug related violence on our streets. The Economist Magazine has published definitive articles over the years on the issue.The case study of American Alcohol Prohibition provides a clear understanding of the link between
Prohibition and organized crime.

Blenheim welcomes Nick Clegg’s comment that the UK needed to be at the heart of the debate about potential alternatives to blanket Prohibition, and that he wanted to see an end to “the tradition where politicians only talk about drugs reform when they have left office because they fear the political consequences.”

“Let’s fight organized crime and drug related death, ill health, and dependency by being smarter about our laws prohibiting and regulating drugs. Such an approach requires a rational debate on Drugs Policy and a political consensus to set up and implement the recommendations of a Royal Commission” John Jolly CEO Blenheim.

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