We wish to contribute to evidence-based reform of UK drug policy to one consistent with centre-right values, that protects young people, delivers better outcomes for families and communities and reduces drug-related harms.
The Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) is a policy forum which promotes informed debate on drug policy reform through examining evidence for change.
There is appetite for a review of drugs policy amongst the public looking at alternative approaches to drugs including decriminalisation, legalisation, and regulation. By any sensible measure the current war on drugs is ineffective and is overwhelming the resources assigned to the police, criminal justice and the NHS, while causing untold misery for the most vulnerable in our society. There is growing evidence from around the world indicating that this need not be the case and there may be better ways to reduce harms to individuals and society. The CDPRG is advocating for an evidence-based review of current drugs policy that questions prohibition and explores what actually works to improve outcomes.