Drugs policy discussion

‘Should the UK be taking a health based approach to drugs policy?’ 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, chaired by Mr Cowan, on the issues raised by the panel.

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.

The event will be live streamed by Addaction UK on their Facebook page – @addactionUK.

Drugs have been part of our society for thousands of years. Over time attitudes towards them have changed.  I am seeking to engage with people from all walks of life to hear their views and define the approach we should take now.

This event is designed to allow the audience to listen and learn from acknowledged experts who may advocate for different actions. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and become better informed in an extremely complex problem.

The Scottish government is embarking on a drugs policy review, I want inverclyde to contribute to the outcome.