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UK Drug Policy Commission publishes final report

12 October 2012

The UK Drug Policy Commission has published its final report, following six years of work supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

According to the Commission, government policy on illicit drugs costs at least £3bn a year but a lack of evidence for what works and provides value for money, together with politicians' unwillingness to act on the evidence that is available, means that much of this money may be wasted on policies that are not cost-effective. In response, UKDPC proposes a new approach to drug policy, based on evidence.

The report makes a series of recommendations on

  • Supporting individuals to behave responsibly
  • Stimulating and promoting recovery from drug dependence
  • The laws on drug production, supply and possession; and
  • Improving structures and processes for how we make and implement drug policy.

"A commitment to the use of evidence to inform which policies are adopted, combined with rigorous trials of new and existing policies, and a willingness to act on the results of this research, would go a long way towards ensuring that the UK has an effective and good value response to the use of mind-altering drugs."

The report is available to view or download on our website here.