Dear < your MP’s name >
Please meet me to discuss the impact our current drugs laws are having on people in our community.
My name is < your name > and I live in your constituency. I am writing to you because I am concerned about the negative impacts of the UK’s prohibition-based approach to drugs and I would like to hear your views.
Effective drug policy should improve public health, reduce crime, promote international development and most importantly, protect young and vulnerable people. Overwhelming evidence shows that current policy fails to achieve this.
I am particularly concerned that people in our constituency are having their lives wrecked by current policy.
The harrowing stories of the families who campaign with ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’ show that 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.
Reading their stories has convinced me things must change. I urge you to read them too: www.anyoneschild.org/stories
These brave families are uniting to push for drug policy reform to prevent others from suffering as they have. Through regulation we can take the drug trade out of criminal hands and put doctors, pharmacists and licensed retailers.
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 the UK, which surely we can all agree is unacceptable. We have ample evidence from other countries where regulation is delivering much better outcomes.
I am urging you, as my Member of Parliament, to come and meet with me to discuss what can be done about this pressing issue, so that we can find a better way to keep our communities safe.
I look forward to hearing from you to learn your views on this vital issue. Please do let me know when and where it would be convenient to meet.
<your name and address >