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The Government isn't shouting about it but drugs are quietly being decriminalised

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Home Secretary Priti Patel is never going to stand up in the House of Commons and proclaim that the Government has decriminalised drugs.

But it’s happening. There’s a growing acceptance on the part of government that treating drug users as criminals hasn’t worked. Instead of locking addicts up, Ministers want to provide them with medical treatment.

More people are dying from drug use than ever before. This past week, new figures were published showing the number of drug deaths in the West Midlands county had reached its highest level since records began (in 1993), with 219 deaths related to drug poisoning in 2020.

READ MORE: Record drugs deaths in the West Midlands

Some campaigners have called for the “decriminalisation” of drugs. The idea is that drug users would generally be treated as........

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