Sadiq Khan urged to deliver on drug commission election pledge

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According to experts, ondon is “dragging its legs” when it comes to tackling drug deaths. Sadiq Khan To move forward with plans to re-examine drug policy.

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During his re-election campaign earlier this year, Mr Khan resolved to set up a commission to explore alternative methods of harm prevention for drug users, including cannabis should be freed from crime.

But six months after his second term as mayor of London, there has been no progress on the plan.

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On Monday, the Health Committee of the London Assembly heard from a panel of experts representing major drug charities and drug policy research groups including Transform, Release and Change, Grow, Live Around, tackling drug deaths in London .

More than 200 people in London died of drug poisoning during 2020 from drugs related to drugs such as heroin, while national drug deaths are trending upward.

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Speaking at City Hall, release executive director Niam Eastwood and Transform senior policy analyst Steve Rolls, both said they had been in touch with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) about working on the London Drug Commission, but “It’s not confirmed yet.”

Strategies discussed at City Hall included drug testing – allowing recreational users to test their drugs For content and power at festivals or nightlife venues – and drug consumption rooms that provide safe, supervised places for the most “high risk” drug users to safely consume drugs.

City Hall was told that real-world examples showed that drug testing could significantly reduce the risks associated with recreational drug taking, while other countries saw room for drug consumption by up to 35 percent. Is.

Steve Rolls told the London Assembly that there was a “normal shift” to the adoption of such measures elsewhere, but that London is “not leading the charge and, to some extent, dragging its feet”.

Mr Rolls said Mr Khan would be “reckless” to rule out ways to mitigate any potential harm, including drug consumption rooms, which Meyer previously said he had “any plans to look into”. Not there”.

The bulk of Mr Khan’s proposals regarding the Drugs Commission during the election revolved around the criminalization of cannabis, which the government rejected as it “doesn’t matter for his office”.

But Professor Alex Stevens, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Kent, told City Hall on Monday that it is “possible” for the mayor of London, along with the weather commissioner, to start de facto criminalization in London by directing officials not to punish. Those who were found to have a small amount of narcotics.

Professor Stevens said: “Criminalizing people for possession of drugs for their own use is costly, ineffective and counterproductive.”

He continued: “It is ineffective because the reviews I and others have done in the field show that de-criminalization does not increase use and criminalization does not reduce it.”

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “The Mayor recognizes that there is an increasing demand for debate on our drug laws, and has committed to establishing a London Drug Commission of independent experts that will examine the latest evidence from around the world, Hemp is being given special attention.

“The Commission will consider the effectiveness of our drugs law and make policy recommendations to improve the situation for Londoners, thereby reducing the enormous harm, including cannabis, that harms our communities and society.”

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