Scotland Calls On UK To End ‘Failed’ Drug War With Decriminalization And Harm Reduction Approach

Published on July 7, 2023

The Scottish government says that the war on drugs has “failed” and it’s time to decriminalize currently illicit substances, while promoting harm reduction services like overdose prevention centers.

At a press conference on Friday, Scotland Drugs and Alcohol Policy Minister Elena Whitham called on the government of the U.K., of which the country is a part, to take a public health approach to addiction and abandon the criminalization model. Representatives of the U.K. prime minister—and even the country’s progressive party—have already dismissed the request, however.

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