As the government's ten-year drugs strategy draws to an end, the independent UK Drug Policy Commission reports that education schemes have had little impact and any benefits from treatment of addicts have been, at best, limited because so many drug users had relapsed or gone untreated.
Just last month the Royal Society of Arts claimed that UK drug law had been "driven by moral panic" and was "not fit for purpose." Coming at a time when heroin from Afghanistan is increasingly available at ever lower prices, a radical rethink is clearly necessary. Given that no other country in Europe faces the same level of problem as we do in this area (our addiction rates are double those found in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden), surely we can learn from and adopt the best practice of others? After all, we are clearly not alone in the struggle against drugs and you would have thought that living on an island would have certain advantages as regards the supply side of the problem, if we had proper border controls.
Does anyone have knowledge or experience of what works or helps elsewhere that you could share with us?