"The government’s long-awaited drug strategy has finally been published, and includes both a new ‘national recovery champion’ role and a cross-government drug strategy board to be chaired by the home secretary, Amber Rudd. The UK will ‘drive global action and enhance its leadership in the international response to drugs’, the government states."
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"Britain, a country that virtually invented drug harm reduction in the 1980s, is being left behind. While there have been pockets of innovative thinking – such as drug checking at festivals and clubs, police forces taking a lenient attitude to cannabis possession and a safer injecting site due in Glasgow – this has occurred on a local level, in spite of central government, not because of it.."
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"The curtains had been drawn for most of several month. The dishes – painted with old grease and piled up – were modestly half covered with a small towel. The bin bag bulged in the corner with a gut full of a quarter eaten pizzas and picked at tubs of stir fried vegetables. Food ordered due to a perfunctory sense of having to get on with daily rituals.
I locked everybody out, slowly, over time. By the end, my only daily visitor was the post man, who I imagined trying to peer at me through the slot in my door, as he slipped angry, red topped bills on to my welcome mat."
It’s time to refocus the punishment paradigm
"Any parent can tell you that timeouts, groundings, and other punishments only go so far in encouraging good behavior.
If kids are scolded over and over again, the reprimands can lose their effect: Walls go up, and cooperation goes down. But throw in a few high-fives or thumbs-ups to recognize a nice job clearing the dishes or picking up after a baby sister, and attitudes may brighten — and actions may begin to improve.
It’s basic human behavior, the circuitry of motivation. Everybody needs to hear words of encouragement — including those in our criminal justice system."