A B Charitable Trust

Special initiatives

Drug policy reform

Taking Drugs Seriously: a Demos/UK Drugs Policy Commission report on Legal Highs, funded by ABCT

In April 2010, arising from its concern about the prevalence of drug-related offences that result in imprisonment, ABCT awarded a 20th anniversary grant of 50,000 for research into drug policy reform.

The report, Taking Drugs Seriously: a Demos/UK Drugs Policy Commission report on Legal Highs was published in May 2011 (see www.ukdpc.org.uk), to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The project gave ABCT an opportunity to influence policy makers about the need for new ways of thinking about drug policy, based on evidence of the costs of current approaches which have a devastating impact on the lives of many vulnerable people.
War on Drugs - Global Commission on Drug Policy report

Shortly after the report was published, the Global Commission on Drug Policy Reform published a report (www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report) which concluded that criminalising drug users has failed to reduce problem drug use.