Scottish Ministers Want To Decriminalize Drugs And Create Programs To Help Stem Overdose Deaths

By Nina Zdinjak, Benzinga on July 8, 2023

Scottish ministers are urging the UK government to transform current drug laws in such a way that would criminalize all drugs for personal use.

What happened: The Scottish government wants to shift focus from criminalization to providing help to people who are addicted, reported BBC News.

“We want to create a society where problematic drug use is treated as a health, not a criminal matter, reducing stigma and discrimination and enabling the person to recover and contribute positively to society,” said Scotland’s Drugs Policy Minister Elena Whitham. “While we know these proposals will spark debate, they are in line with our public health approach and would further our national mission to improve and save lives.”

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.