The Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform is delighted to announce that we will be holding a Public Meeting in Glasgow, at the Unite building on September 5th, from 6pm. Read below for further details and follow @LabourDrugRef on Twitter for updates.
This government’s drug policy is letting down the people Labour is set up to represent, whether it’s children being exploited by dealers to sell heroin on our estates, BAME people being disproportionately imprisoned for possessing cannabis, or treatment services struggling under the weight of austerity.
With governments around the world moving to harm reduction policies, and organisations such as the British Medical Journal to the Royal College of Physicians supporting reform here in the UK, we believe it’s time for Labour members to have a voice on how we approach this complex policy issue.
Drug-related deaths are at record levels with statistics revealing last month that Scotland is the drug-related death capital of the West. In addition to this drug overdoses are for the first time the biggest killer of middle aged men in the UK. These shocking stats show the war on drugs and resultant current policy is an unmitigated disaster, this must change.
LCDPR believes the UK’s drug policy is desperately in need of change and it is bringing this conversation for reform to communities across the country with a series of 'Public Meetings'. The grassroots campaign has been travelling the country and asking Labour supporters what they think needs to change and how they should do it.
So, come and join us to shape Labour's and the U.K.'s drug policy for the future.
Announcement of speakers & chair to be announced in due course.