SSDP UK have recently launched a drug testing initiative in Newcastle university.

Just say no is a cop-out

It’s obvious that the safest way to use drugs is not to use them at all and whilst no substance is inherently safe, drug use surveys at universities around the country have consistently shown that over 50% of students claim to have tried drugs. After more than 40 years of the failed war on drugs, drug deaths are at their highest since records began in England and Wales. The reality is that expecting young people to ‘just say no’ is inadequate and to claim that it works, avoids the real issues at hand.

Picture from SSDP campaign "Test your drugs, don't test yourself".

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Thumbnail: CC Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK