UK ‘needs radical new policy to beat drugs’

The head of the national crime agency has said UK’s drugs strategy is “making no difference” and needs a radical new approach.

Sir Stephen Lander, the chairman of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) – described as Britain’s answer to the FBI – admitted that when it comes to the fight against drugs “we are not winning so we must try something else as well”.

The former head of MI5 said that the traditional law enforcement approach to drugs – seizure and imprisonment – has failed to reduce the availability of illegal substances, such as cocaine and heroin, in this country.

UK ‘needs radical new policy to beat drugs’ – Independent Online Edition > Crime

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