Dear < your MP’s name >
Please support our call for a comprehensive independent review of drug policy
My name is < your name >, and I live in your constituency. I am writing to you because I am concerned about illegal drugs. I would like to hear your views and ask you to raise this issue with the Prime Minister on my behalf.
Effective drug policy should improve public health, reduce crime, and most importantly, protect young and vulnerable people. I do not feel that current policy achieves this.
I am concerned that people in our constituency are having their lives wrecked by our drug laws.
As the harrowing stories of the families who campaign with the charity Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control show, the lives of young people and the communities we live in throughout the UK are being damaged by our current criminal justice led approach to drugs, which is doing much more harm than good.
Reading their stories has convinced me things must change. I urge you to read them too, and tell me how our current drug laws benefited these people? www.anyoneschild.org
These brave families are uniting to push for drug policy reform to prevent others from suffering as they have because sadly they are far from alone. In the UK drug-related deaths are at record levels, our prisons are in crisis and drugs are getting stronger. Almost one in three drug overdose deaths in Europe are recorded in UK, which surely we can all agree is unacceptable. Substance use needn’t be a death penalty – so why have politicians made it one?
We must stop ignoring this problem when alternative policies are available, and evidence from other countries show they save lives.
I am urging you, as my Member of Parliament, to write to the Prime Minister on my behalf, asking her to initiate a comprehensive independent review of our approach to drugs. This should include considering decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use, and models of strict legal regulation – to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep our partners, parents and, above all, children as safe as they can be.
I look forward to hearing from you to learn your views on this vital issue. If you’d like to meet please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
< your name and address>