The call for a comprehensive review of current UK drugs policy won overwhelming support from delegates attending my multi-agency drugs conference at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton on Thursday 25th June 2015.
I shall now be writing to the Home Secretary Theresa May outlining the discussions that have taken place, and hope that she will engage with the very best experts in all appropriate fields to ensure wider involvement in the debate.
I understand that this is a difficult issue for any government to deal with, but it’s clear that the damage and destruction caused by drugs is continuing apace, so continuing to tackle it in the same way achieves nothing. The 1971 Misuse of drugs act is no longer fit for purpose and we need to address this societal problem.
I welcome you to read the presentations from the summit and also the documents below that I will be sending to the Home Secretary, Ministers including the Prime Minister and other Members of Parliament. Associated follow up response letters from the government and my office can also be viewed below.
| Speaker||Presentation (click to view)|
|Alan Charles, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire
|Dr Liz Austen, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
||Current UK legislation and examples of alternative models
|Mick Creedon, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary
||The changing picture of drug misuse
|Steve Holme, Crime and Intelligence Unit, Derbyshire Constabulary
|Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham
|Professor Derek Ward, Public Health, University of Derby
||Health: from prevention to recovery
Student Drugs Summary Report of the Event
Organisations in Attendance
Letter to Home Secretary - dated 1st July 2015
Response from Rt Hon Mike Penning - dated 28th August 2015
Response from Alan Charles Police & Crime Commissioner - dated 4th November 2015