31 March 2017

Argument for decriminalisation of drug use

Can Australia Respond to Drugs More Effectively and Safely is the report from a meeting of 17 experts and practitioners held in late 2015 to consider drug law reform. The group included four former Police Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners, two former heads of Corrective Services, a former Supreme Court Judge and a former Director of Public Prosecution.

Drug-related deaths, diseases, injuries, crimes and social costs continue to rise despite more than 80,000 consumer arrests in Australia each year. Although participants in this group varied in their approach, "Very substantial agreement was reached that Australia’s current approach to illicit drugs is not
working and is inadvertently exacerbating harm.".

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