If we have the chance to reduce harm, we should take it.
That idea – harm reduction – lies behind much of what any government seeks to do.
It is an uncontroversial principle. Yet there is a key area of government policy which does not abide by it: drugs.
Our government’s approach is to pursue a misguided and ineffective War on Drugs, which does not reduce use, but instead makes things worse for individuals and for society….