Getting drugs under control, protecting our children
Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control

Anyone's Child

could be a casualty of the

war on drugs

It’s time for drug laws that protect our families

No one doubts that drugs can be dangerous – that’s why we should do all we can to prevent children and young people from taking them. But banning drugs and criminalising those who get involved with them causes even more harm.

Drug-gang violence, countless lives ruined by criminal records for possession, and entirely avoidable deaths from contaminated street drugs – the damage caused by the current approach can no longer be ignored.

We need to move beyond fear, discrimination and punishment, and towards drug laws that are centred around honesty, compassion and health.

“Though often underestimated, it was the illegality of Alan’s addiction that left us helpless and pushed him to the edge of society.”
“When I hear the news that a young person has died and yet another family has joined the bereaved parents’ club, I feel helpless as I wonder how many more need to die before someone in government will actually do something about it? As I stand by my child’s grave, what more evidence do I need that things must change?”
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How the war on drugs harms children and young people

Supporters of the drug war claim it protects children and young people. But the evidence shows otherwise.

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I pledge to spread the word about the need to reform our failed drug laws. I will tell my friends, family and politicians how the war on drugs is harming children and young people, rather than protecting them. I will encourage people to look at the evidence and consider alternative approaches – such as decriminalisation and legal regulation – that are based on care, not criminalisation.

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Don’t let another young person become a casualty of our failed drug laws. It’s time for change | @anyoneschild

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister

Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats

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