Dear < your MP’s name >,
Please meet me at Parliament on the afternoon of 26th June 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. I will be visiting Parliament on the 26th June to raise awareness of this issue and would like to meet you while I am there.
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 and we need to regulate the market rather than let criminals control it. 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. 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 alternative policies are delivering much better outcomes, and shows that they save lives.
I am urging you, as my Member of Parliament, to come and meet me on the 26th June to discuss what can be done about this pressing issue, so that we can find a better way to keep our children safe. Please do let me know what time would be convenient to meet.
I look forward to seeing you on the 26th June.
< your name and address >