Should drug use be decriminalised?
Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. Do you agree?
Sir Ian Gilmore said he had formed his view after seeing the problems caused by dirty needles and contaminated drugs a product not of the drugs themselves but of prohibition.
Sir Ian said these were his own views rather than those of the RCP, and added that he believed that drugs should still be regulated, but the laws on misuse of drugs should be reviewed.
The government said it did not believe that decriminalisation was the right approach adding that they wanted to help addicts come off drugs for good.
What is the right approach to tackling drug abuse? Is Sir Ian right, is prohibition the problem? Should there be a review of the drugs laws in the UK?
This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.