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UK's War on Drugs Has Failed Says One of the World's Top Medical Journals

The war on drugs has failed and doctors should lead calls for change, one of the world's top medical journals has said.

The British Medical Journal says illegal drug use is increasing and alternative policies are needed urgently.

A set of radical proposals has been published in the BMJ, which was founded in 1840 and is seen as a leading voice in the medical community.

The journal says penalties for drug use should be scrapped and governments should regulate legal drug markets.

In an editorial it says "all wars cause human rights violations, and the war on drugs is no different", adding: "Prohibition and stigma encourage less safe drug consumption and push people away from health services."

Some politicians have backed the idea and say changes to drug prohibition such as decriminalisation of drug use ‘could be good for the UK’.

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