New approach to drugs war needed, warn MPs

  • The creation of the recently elected police and crime commissioners could lead to significant local variations in the approach to drugs, MPs have warned.
  • This could result in a "geographical displacement" of the drugs trade within the UK, they say.
  • MPs also say that more needed to be done to tackle the widespread availability of drugs in prisons - including mandatory searches of prisoners when they enter and leave jail
  • Successful treatments such as residential rehabilitation and the methadone substitute, buprenorphine, should also be made more widely available, they add.


Drugs debate urged by MPs

David Cameron will today be urged by MPs to start a wide-ranging public debate on drug policy - including the possibility of legalisation.