On 20th July, 2013, I received the phone call that no parent wants to get. The voice said that my 15-year-old daughter was gravely ill and they were trying to save her life. On that beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, Martha had swallowed half a gram of MDMA powder (more widely known as ecstasy) that turned out to be 91% pure.
Despite this weight of evidence and 2,000 deaths per year, we continue to criminalise drugs rather than treating it as a public health issue. So why does the UK insist on digging its heels in and sticking to the same flawed approach? Moralising and point-scoring is preventing decision-makers from looking objectively at the evidence, which points towards a harm-reduction approach.
It is the hypocrisy of this policy - where our Prime Minister, and other politicians, have committed the same actions as the tens of thousands of people we criminalise every year - that should drive the basis for reform. The saddest thing is that Cameron knows this.
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The case for reform grows stronger by the day, as does public support for a rethink. We need to be bold and courageous to follow the evidence and put an end to the prohibitionist approach which has repeatedly and invariably failed us all.