Most drug-takers are ‘recreational’ users who will come to little or no harm, and who will not become dependent. Shocking but true!

Paul Hayes is Honorary Professor London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As CEO of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, he was responsible to ministers and parliament for the funding and delivery of treatment for drug addiction in England between 2001/13. He currently chairs the Northern Inclusion Consortium, a collaboration between five third sector organisations providing integrated responses to social and economic exclusion.

In this article from the Conversation, and following in the footsteps of great drug researchers such as Dr Russell Newcombe, who has also pointed out over the years the ‘recreational’/’problematic’ ratio, Paul details how we need to rethink our drug policies in line with the simple fact that most users do not experience problems.

Read Paul’s short article here


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