Britain's annual £3 billion war on drugs is a waste of public money that is not based on evidence and damages lives, experts have said following a six-year study.
The final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) called for a "wholesale review" of drugs laws, in which possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use should be made a civil offence instead of a criminal offence.
The independent body likened using illegal drugs to gambling or eating junk food.
Families of people with drug problems are not receiving the help they need, according to the UK Drug Policy Commission.
A new report concludes the needs of family members are often overlooked, missing opportunities to address their problems and support the recovery of their drug-using relative.