Join the NE London Fabian Society on Wednesday 13 June for what will be a thought provoking and interesting discussion on The War on Drugs - A Losing Battle?
The need to address problems associated with drug use is not a new phenomenon. The European Drug Report 2017 (NB: The 2018 report will be published on 7 June) highlights that the UK leads the sad statistic of drug overdose deaths in Europe. This despite the increased investment in treatment, with the majority of government spending on responding to illegal drugs is still devoted to enforcing drug laws.
In addition, there is evidence to suggest that drug policing is dominating stop and search, with much of this activity being focused on low level drug possession offences, and that black and Asian people being disproportionately targeted. Does racial disparity rates related to stop and search, arrest, prosecution and sentencing clearly demonstrate that the drug laws in the UK are a major driver of the disproportionality that exists in our criminal justice system?
To argue the case for and against we have the following speakers:
Dr Henry Fisher, former Policy Director and Editor, Volteface
Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London
We're looking forward to seeing you at the event.
Registration from 18:30pm. The event will start promptly at 19:00pm.