Drug users shouldn't be treated as criminals
- By Richard Branson -
- Jan 24, 2013
Wholeheartedly welcome comments today from England’s most senior doctor, who has stated that people who take illegal drugs 'shouldn't be treated as criminals'.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, called for drugs to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal issue.
She said: "I think we have a health problem, and we would do well as a nation to look at is as a health problem. I think there’s quite a lot of evidence from other countries, and science, about how you could go about that.
Through the work of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, we have been calling for an informed, research-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.
The documentary Breaking The Taboo, produced by my son Sam’s indie Sundog, also reached similar conclusions about needing to end the failed war on drugs.
You can read more on Breaking The Taboo in a new interview with Sam from Origin Magazine.
Head over to the Telegraph to read more on the Chief Medical Officer’s comments.
By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group