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Former RCP president calls for drug law review

17th August 2010

Sir Ian Gilmore, former head of the Royal College of Physicians, has expressed his opinion that a review of the laws on drug use could decrease crime and increase public health.


Sir Ian wrote in an email to 25,000 college members that he believed in the decriminalisation and regulation of drugs.

He is leaving the RCP and said he wanted to go out on a "controversial note".

Sir Ian said his views were formed following his work with patients who had used unclean needles and "contaminated" substances.

He recalled Stephen Rolles' article in the British Medical Journal, which opined that prohibiting drugs had been damaging to public health and contributed to criminal activity.

Sir Ian wrote in his email: "I personally back the chairman of the UK Bar Council, Nicholas Green QC, when he calls for drug laws to be reconsidered with a view to decriminalising illicit drugs use. This could drastically reduce crime and improve health."

However the government said it did not endorse Sir Ian's view.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: "The government does not believe that decriminalisation is the right approach. Our priorities are clear; we want to reduce drug use, crack down on drug-related crime and disorder and help addicts come off drugs for good."


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David Hill

Tuesday 17th August 2010 @ 22:16

In 2004 the Labour government stopped the trialling of a cure for hard drugs that is humane, perfectly safe, detoxifies in 48-72 hours, has no side effects as it is based on natural growing plants (Vietnam the country of origin is only one of two nations in the world that has the most biodiverse plant life on the planet by far) and where there is no 'cold turkey'. Indeed the Labour Government snubbed the Vietnamese government that offered their hand of help. Now this curative treatment that has been developed jointly through leading scientists in Vietnam and Germany over the last 10 years on a scientific basis, is produced in high-tech laboratories in capsule form. Therefore instead of looking to decriminalise hard drugs and make them available to all, there is a curative treatment out there that our former government did not want to even test. A strange and funny old world that we live in really and where now we could have been seeing tens of thousands of UK drug addicts cured in Britain every year. But it has to be said that there is no greater foolishness than that of government or their so-called wise advisers in Whitehall. Indeed they go against even common sense itself.

Dr David Hill
Executive Director
World Innovation Foundation Charity
Bern, Switzerland

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