In a June 2014 open letter to David Cameron, more than 80 campaigners urged the prime minister to launch a review of Britain’s drug policy. Amongst the organisations that signed it were the National Black Police Officers Association, the Prison Governors Association, Drugscope, the Howard League, Inquest and Reprieve.

Since then the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016 has been introduced. It’s almost universally condemned as one of the most badly drafted pieces of legislation ever to be passed by parliament. In spite of the Act the synthetic cannabinoid ‘spice’ continues to turbo-charge the mayhem in our prisons. Drug-related deaths have reached their highest level since records began and the UK now has one of the highest levels in Europe.

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