As Glasgow University publish research into the impact of drug addiction on
families and communities, the Scottish Socialist Party today proposed a radical
change of direction in drug policy.
Scottish Socialist Party convenor Colin Fox MSP said: "This research has
highlighted what far too many Scottish families already know - that drug
misuse can wreak havoc in communities and devastate families.
"The 'war on drugs' approach followed by Labour and the Tories has failed. "In
the last four years, the number of class A drug misusers in Scotland has risen
by over 12,000.
"Meanwhile, thousands of young people are still criminalised and persecuted for
using cannabis, a relatively harmless drug."
"The Scottish Socialist Party would take a new approach to tackling Scotland's
"We would legalise cannabis under licence, taking it out of the hands of dealers
and breaking the link with sales of drugs such as heroin. "Scotland's
devastating heroin problem would be tackled as a social and a medical problem,
not a criminal one.
"We would provide pharmaceutical, clean heroin on prescription.
"This would have a massive impact in stabilising the lives of users, reducing
drug-related crime and taking the lucrative heroin market out of the hands of
"It would also save millions currently spent on the policing, prosecution and
imprisonment of drug misusers - money which would be better spent on treatment
and rehabilitation facilities."