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What’s wrong with drugs?

Should drugs be legalised? How could harm from drugs be reduced in the city? Should recovery projects get more funding? How do public agencies approach drug use in Bristol?

Over autumn/winter 2017, after the government published its new Drug Strategy, the Cable is shining spotlights on the various ways drugs and drugs policy impact on the city and people who live here.

Stories will range from investigating the laws around and use of ‘new psychoactive substances’, to interviews with the politicians and campaigners arguing for more enlightened and evidence-based drugs policies, to the story of a former undercover police officer turned drugs reform activist.

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Inside the UK’s first ever city centre drug testing facility- in the heart of Bristol

As charity The Loop reduced harms by testing drugs at Love Saves The Day this weekend, Bristol also became the first place in the UK to offer city centre testing.

Revealed: ‘The most tradable prescription drug’ at HMP Bristol

Pregabalin: Bristol’s ‘emerging’ prescription drug problem


Drugs services: commissioning failure after funding cuts

Cuts make Bristol one of a growing number of local authorities who received no bids from service providers.


Drug use epidemic at HMP Bristol highlights prison system failings

Ideas and Action

Voice: Drug deaths – “It doesn’t need to be this way”

Putting an end to the drug war and “the reign of terror”

Undercover cop-turned-drug reform activist Neil Woods talks about “the most important social justice issue of our time”.

“Keeping drugs illegal isn’t protecting people” – Bristol MP

The Bristol Cable spoke to Thangam Debbonaire about her critical views of the government’s Drug Strategy, the need for reform, and concrete solutions.

Drug deaths in Bristol sharply increase

What explains the rising rates of drug misuse fatalities, and how can the risks be reduced for Bristol’s population of drug users?

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