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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 03:12 GMT 04:12 UK
Drugs report at-a-glance
The Commons home affairs select committee has called for a major shake-up of Britain's drugs laws. Here are the key recommendations in its report.


  • Cannabis should be reclassified as a class C drug.

  • Ecstasy should be downgraded to become a class B drug.

  • Drugs policy should focus on the 250,000 "problem" users, mainly heroin addicts, who spend an average of 13,000 a year in crime money to feed their habit.

  • Harm reduction, not retribution, should be the main focus of drugs policy - something the government is taking "tentative" steps towards.

  • A supervised programme of carefully supervised heroin prescription, as happens in the Netherlands and Switzerland, should go on trial.

  • Safe injection rooms, designed to keep chronic heroin addicts off the streets, should be piloted.

  • A new offence of "supply for gain" should be created to reflect in penalties the difference between dealing and supplying drugs to friends for their personal use.

  • Decriminalising possession of drugs for personal use would send out the wrong message.

  • One day the balance may tip in favour of legalising some currently illegal drugs but the committee does not recommend that move now.

  • Cocaine should stay as a class A drug but more treatment places must be created.

  • Government should "substantially" increase its funding for treatment of heroin addicts.

  • Prescribing diamorphine, rather than methodone, for treating heroin addiction should be properly assessed.

  • The government should urgently review the laws on how community chemists dispense controlled drugs, like methodone, because of fears of outdated rules.

  • The last 30 years shows policies wholly or mainly based on enforcing drugs laws are "destined to fail".

  • Education programmes should be realistic and preferably delivered by someone with "street credibility", such as recovered addicts.


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