October I will be hosting an event in Inverclyde – ‘Should the UK be taking a health based approach to drugs policy?’ which will feature a panel of speakers who will provide their thoughts and experiences on UK drugs policy.  Alongside this, there will be a live audience who will participate in a question and answer session.

The event will take place at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock on Thursday 5th October from 7pm.  The panel will include the following speakers;

  • Neil Woods, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and author of the book ‘Good Cop, Bad War’ (My undercover life inside Britain’s biggest drug gangs),
  • Andrew Horne, Director of Operations in Scotland, Addaction,
  • Anthony Gielty, The Haven (Kilmacolm) and author of the book, ‘Out of Darkness’ (The Transformation Of One Of Scotland’s Most Violent Prisoners),
  • Rod Thomson, The Royal College of Nursing,
  • Mike McCarron, Transform Drug Policy Foundation Scotland.

I am delighted to secure an excellent panel of speakers to discuss drugs policy in the UK. This will be the second discussion I’ve hosted on this important subject, in Inverclyde and I hope it will provide a platform to discuss the approach being taken by the UK government.

As I continue to argue, for over a hundred years we have been waging a war on drugs and it is clearly not working. Drug related harm and deaths are continuing to grow and more and more experts from the areas of drug addiction and crime prevention are coming to the same conclusion. This is a health issue not a criminal one.

Organisations such as Addaction, Transform and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are at the forefront of a UK campaign to decriminalise drug use. I have a huge amount of respect for these organisations.

This event will allow the speakers to draw on their personal experiences and explain their position.

I looking forward to taking questions and hearing from a local audience, be they medical professionals, law enforcement personnel or concerned members of the public.

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