Thoughts on politics and life from a liberal perspective

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Drug prohibition cost-effectiveness study published

Transform Drug Policy Foundation (TDPF) have published a cost-effectiveness study of the prohibition of drugs in the UK.

Their findings are that a legalised (but strictly controlled) drugs regime could save £14 billion per year (interesting to note in the current climate).

It is well worth reading this report and I would also question why the government has not even attempted any sort of cost-effectiveness or cost benefit analysis of their policy in this area.

EDIT: I should point out that the focus of the report is also on harm reduction as well as saving money. This is an important point as it seems like there could be cost savings and health improvements for drug users and addicts alike if a more progressive approach was taken.

1 comment:

Costigan Quist said...

Being scared witless of anything that migh lead the tabloids and Tories to paint them as soft on drugs might have something to do with it.

What's a few thousand lives compared to votes in ballot boxes?