Commenting on the new report from the UK Parliament’s health and social care committee which calls for the UK Government to hold a consultation on the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“Only a fool would deny that the war on drugs has been a failure. Scottish drugs deaths are soaring and the blame lies with both Scottish and UK Governments.
“SNP cuts to drugs and alcohol services were a serious setback. They should admit these cuts were a mistake and apologise.
“Both of our governments should be listening to the experts and working together to decriminalise drug possession for personal use so that people can seek treatment without being afraid they will end up in prison.”