Changing lives: Scotland's new drugs strategy - the Law Society Gazette

Martin Rackstraw, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, criminal and financial crime team.
Martin Rackstraw
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"There is broad consensus amongst progressive thinkers about what the essentials for a sensible evidence-based drugs policy would be. These are firstly, a reshaping of policy that treats drugs as a health crisis not a criminal or moral scourge. Secondly, a massive programme of investment in education and treatment programme. Thirdly, a move away from punitive sentencing, particularly short prison sentences."

Writing in the Law Society Gazette, partner Martin Rackstraw discusses Scotland's new drugs strategy. A landmark report has called for a new approach to how drug addiction is addressed in Scotland. ’Changing Lives’ published by the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce, advocates a less punitive strategy based on improved treatment rather than stigma and criminalisation. 

The full article is available to read online.

Martin is a partner in the firm's fraud and criminal litigation team. He has been defending in serious and high profile cases for well over twenty years. Martin represents individuals facing serious allegations, particularly homicide, sexual allegations and drug matters. He is experienced in advising 'professionals' who face criminal allegations, such as teachers, journalists, lawyers, accountants and company officers. 

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