The Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations is a space for people with varied viewpoints and different experiences of drugs and drugs policy who wish to learn from this diversity, and influence future developments within Scotland.
SDPC participant and Scottish Government drug policy advisor Roy Robertson spoke to the BBC about his desire to see a ‘support over penalise’ drug strategy in Scotland. Roy also highlighted the need for a public enquiry along the lines of a Royal Commission in order to explore the evidence and effectiveness of the current framework. […]
The SNP MP for Glasgow Central Alison Thewliss presented the bill to allow supervised drug consumption facilities on a trial basis in Glasgow. It came in response to the recent rejection of the Glasgow trial by the Lord Advocate for Scotland, who felt it was outwith the competence of the Scottish Parliament to allow such […]
Two of our participating organisations have released a Scottish drug policy reform brief stating “the Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to deliver innovative drug policy that would transform Scotland from the drug death capital of Europe, to a beacon of compassionate, effective approaches.” The full brief can be accessed here: RJ and TDPFS – […]
For Kenny Simpson – drug policy expert, long serving copper with Police Scotland and the SCDEA and champion of sensible drug policies. “I never judge anybody on how they are presented, everybody’s got their stories to tell, I just don’t think there is acknowledgment of that. I think there needs to be more of a […]
The orginal article was published in the National Newspaper THE Lord Advocate for Scotland has declined to issue legal guidelines on whether the pilot drug consumption initiative in Glasgow is legally possible under Scottish law. Instead he states that it rests on the health department to decide whether they are in the public interest. The […]
The Lord Advocate for Scotland has refused to issue legal guidelines on the proposed pilot of drug consumption rooms in Glasgow. Despite 2 years of research, business planning and consensus building by the local health board and authorities, the rooms cannot go ahead until Police Scotland agree to the proposals. The Lord Advocate could have […]
In The SNP’s October 2017 conference a resolution was passed that calls for drugs to be seen as a public heatlh issue and for powers relating to drugs (contained within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and currently reserved to Westminster) to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. This signals a huge step towards implementing […]
SDPC 12: Drug Related Deaths – SDPC held its’ 12th conversation looking at drug related deaths in Scotland, and producing some recomendations on how to help reduce such deaths in the future. The main record of discussion can be found here, but the main outcomes were: There was broad agreement on the following outcomes: PUBLIC […]
On Thursday 7th September the Medicinal Cannabis Reform Scotland group met with cross party representatives and stakeholders to discuss access to medicinal cannabis in Scotland. At the meeting Steve Rolles from Transform Drug Policy Foundation, and the Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner Ron Hogg outlined the current legislative framework and how police forces and […]
Ron Hogg – Durham Police, Crime and Victim’s Commisioner – An event exploring how the UK can move from a criminal justice based drug policy to one focused on health and well-being.