3rd July 2019

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3rd July 2019

Ex police officer claims Scotland’s war on drugs is lost

The war on drugs is “completely lost and unwinnable” if legislators continue with the same approach to tackling the issue, it has been claimed. Jim Duffy, a retired Strathclyde Police officer who now works for Law Enforcement Action Partnership UK, told MPs at Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee that the Misuse Of Drugs Act had been an “out and out failure” and said that a radical rethink is needed.


Senior Police Scotland officer says Westminster drug laws are ‘punitive’ and cause harm

Police Scotland’s Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson likened the current system for handling drug users to a “hamster wheel” and questioned whether prosecution was delivering “good social justice”. Mr Johnson, appearing before the Scottish Affairs Committee, also revealed that drug related deaths in Scotland had almost doubled in three years, from 539 in 2015 to 1,067 in 2018. He said: “It’s just a matter of time, they come through the custody door, they get processed through the criminal justice system, go in through the sheriffs’ courts, they go into prison. “Of those people who come out, 11% die within the first month of having been released according to the statistics, but police officers get used to this carousel, this sense of hopelessness.”


Top cop says Scots need radical change to stop our drug death epidemic

A top Scottish police officer has called for a radical change in the approach to drugs laws in an effort to save lives. In powerful evidence to MPs, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said the criminal justice system is effectively hastening the death of many drug addicts. Johnson, lead officer for drugs fatalities with Police Scotland, made a plea for politicians in Scotland to have the “confidence and courage” to switch approach and view drug abuse as a health crisis instead of a crime. He told MPs on the Commons Scottish Affairs committee that drug abuse claimed upwards of 1100 lives last year in Scotland, with a growing number of 20-year-olds among the fatalities.


Scotland’s politicians must embrace radical solution to take control of drug problem

A former police inspector has had the balls to admit what the rest of us have suspected for years — the war on drugs is lost. Ex-Strathclyde officer Jim Duffy told MPs the current drugs policy is an “out-and-out failure”, with up to ten per cent of the population now using illegal drugs.


Failing drug laws ripe for reform, says police chief

One of Scotland’s most senior police officers has championed the decriminalisation of drugs with a passionate plea to overhaul laws that push addicts “into a place of more harm”. Steve Johnson, an assistant chief constable, backed safe injecting rooms for Glasgow and described the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a relic that was “ripe for reform”.


There’s not a single drug-free town in Scotland says ex-cop calling for legalisation

A retired cop has declared Scotland’s war on drugs “completely lost”. Jim Duffy branded current laws an “out- and-out failure” as they have done nothing to cut addiction and harm. The ex-Strathclyde Police inspector, now a drug policy campaigner, told MPs: “The war is completely lost and completely unwinnable.”


Scottish Government ‘should be braver’ on drugs ‘fix room’

The Scottish Government should be “braver” in its support for a so-called drugs “fix room” in Glasgow – and could effectively green-light the facility, according to a leading charity. The Scottish Drugs Forum suggested to MPs that a safe drug consumption site could still be possible in the city despite the Home Office blocking the proposal. The charity’s CEO David Liddell said the Scottish Government’s top legal officer, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe, could issue a “letter of comfort” to protect prospective users and staff from prosecution.



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