It’s time to hear from members on which issue we should prioritise in our next campaign – making drug use safer or cleaning up our air.
Hundreds of Bristol Cable members have been voting in recent weeks to choose what change they want to see – in the form of our next editorial campaign. The two potential campaigns are to call for a safe consumption room, which would stop drug users dying on the streets of Bristol and reduce drug litter, or to fight for cleaner air in our polluted city.
Lots of members saw merit in both campaigns, but here is a breakdown of why people are choosing each option.
Campaign 1: Make drug use safer
Cable members voted for various reasons – from personal experience, a belief that drug users should get more support, and that drug use an issue that needs more attention.
A priority for safe consumption rooms is to prevent drug users from dying by giving them somewhere to go, which is why John voted for this campaign. He said: “I’m a drug reform campaigner and safe consumption rooms will save lives, minimise harm and big a big step forward in sensible drug policy.”
A number of members were critical of current drug policy, and saw this campaign as a chance to break the mould. Stacey said: “A successful campaign to reframe drug use as a health issue could genuinely have a positive impact on people’s lives and help people to live. It could also have a wider impact on drug policy and cut through the moralistic crap!”
Bertie agreed, saying: “The prohibition of drugs hasn’t worked, we need progressive thinking and to try new approaches to help people who are trapped in addition, poverty and homelessness.”
Jack said this was a crucial chance to treat addiction as a medical issue rather than turning our backs on those affected. “Its something I’ve believed very passionately in for a while and I feel like there’s a real lack of awareness of the success of safe drug consumption policies in other countries,” he said.