The criminalisation of drugs has almost no impact on drug use, denies access to proven medical treatments and disproportionately targets people of colour. Yet the idea that drugs are ‘evil’ and that drug users are criminals is entrenched in international and domestic law.
How can we begin to shift this point of view? What are the first steps towards decriminalisation?
Ash Sarkar speaks to David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.