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Film campaign launched to spark drug law reform

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Turning Point Scotland have made the announcement ahead of the publication of last year's drug death statistics.

A leading charity has launched a new campaign advocating action on drug law reform in Scotland.

Turning Point Scotland (TPS) has created a series of five films feature in the campaign from the leading social care developer and provider in Scotland, explaining why reform is necessary and what action can be taken now.

The films have been released as TPS and partner organisations brace for the release of the drug-related deaths in Scotland 2021 statistics in a week’s time.

TPS experts in alcohol and other drugs, justice and policy highlight key issues of the ongoing debate around drug law reform, with a focus on reviewing the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971).

This legislation, now more than 50 years old, is the foundation of law, policy and practice around drugs in the UK.

The TPS Drug Law Reform films explores what the purpose of our law should be, whether new laws are needed, and whether we should decriminalise drug use. 

Turning Point Scotland chief executive Neil Richardson features in the films.

He said: ‘‘Drug law reform in Scotland is a complex issue and only part of the solution. We need to consider what the options are for new legislation and what actions we can take now.

‘‘We now know the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) has had a much more limited effect than originally hoped. 

“Any new legislation would have to be carefully written to focus our efforts on measures most likely to prevent and reduce harm and to respond effectively to harm that does occur.’’



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