Home Office must answer for its drugs policy, comments Chair

24 October 2019

Ahead of the long-awaited final evidence session with the Home Office, the Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee highlights key questions the UK Government must answer tomorrow.

The Chair, Pete Wishart MP, commented:

“As we approach the end of our inquiry into Problem Drug Use in Scotland, we have identified a number of important questions on the UK’s drug policy that the Home Office must answer.
Scotland is facing a drugs epidemic with the tragic number of drug-related deaths in Scotland continuing to rise. Both Governments need to consider all options to address this crisis. Throughout our inquiry we have repeatedly heard evidence that a criminal justice approach to drugs has not worked, and a public health approach is needed. This runs counter to the UK Government’s current policy, including ruling against the opening of a safe drug consumption facility in Glasgow.

This session gives us an opportunity to put our evidence to the responsible minister, and challenge the UK Government’s position.”

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