Prohibition hasn’t worked. The war on drugs has been an abject failure particularly the NSW Government’s zero-tolerance, heavy-handed police approach including the use of strip searches and sniffer dogs.
People’s lives are being ruined simply because their drug of choice is illegal and tragically, lives are being lost because people can’t get treatment when they need it.
It’s time to Rethink how we treat people who use drugs
Millions of Australians have used illegal drugs and the majority do so with little harm to themselves or others. Yet almost 36,000 people in NSW are convicted each year for possessing small amounts of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. Meanwhile, people who need help the most are punished instead of being able to access the support services they need.
It’s time to Reform our drug laws
Pill testing saves lives
Pill testing, also known as drug checking, is currently available in more than 20 countries in the world including in the UK and New Zealand. Evidence from these countries, as well as from trials in Canberra, shows that when people have more information about potentially harmful substances in a pill, they’re more likely to bin it and engage in less risky behaviour.
Pill testing facilities also allow experts to provide information about how to reduce harm if people choose to take drugs.
More than one in three people have used cannabis. In NSW, every year more than 18,000 people end up with a criminal record for being caught with a small amount of weed for personal use.
Prohibition hasn’t stopped anybody: it simply forces people to buy from a black market, sending billions of dollars to organised crime. Imagine if we taxed cannabis and spent it on health and support services for people that need it, and allowed people to grow and use cannabis at home.
Decriminalise drugs for personal use
Prohibition hasn’t worked. Millions of Australians have used illegal drugs and the majority do so at little harm to themselves or others. Yet almost 36,000 people in NSW are convicted each year for possessing small amounts of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.
Decriminalising drugs for personal use frees up police and court resources to focus on actual crime, while ensuring those who need treatment can access health and social support services without fear of prosecution. Decriminalisation saves lives.