Getting drugs under control, protecting our children
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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.

If your child had a problem with drugs,

what do you think would help them most?

A doctor's appointment

OR

A criminal record

“Alan and Miguel became part of the more than 100,000 deaths in Mexico since the drug war began. This war has devastated both my family and my country.”
Maricela
“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?”
Anne-Marie
Read more stories

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.

Get the facts

Half of all 15-year-olds in England

have been offered illegal drugs at least once

Drug dealers don't ask for ID

Take the pledge

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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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We should do everything we can to

prevent children from taking drugs,

but if they still do, which would you rather they took?

Drugs that are:

- Of known strength & purity

- Produced in accordance

with strict medical standards

- Available with health warnings &

safe dosage information

OR

Drugs that are:

- Of unknown strength & purity

- Cut with dangerous adulterants

- Produced by organised criminals

- Being sold to fund conflict

& corruption

Tweet a politician

Let those in power know you want to see a change in our approach to drugs – a change that will help keep children and young people safe.

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


Yury Fedotov, Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America