Push to decriminalise drugs draws mixed response

The report, The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen, was produced by non-profit lobby group Australia21.

The report called for a fundamental rethink of current policies and an end to the ‘tough on drugs’ approach.

St Vincent’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Services director Dr Alex Wodak said it was “very clear” the war on drugs had “not just failed miserably but made a bad problem even worse, and at great expense”.

Dr Wodak said he was confident voters were ready for a discussion on the merits of different approaches to the problem even if politicians were not, and the focus of any strategy had to be on reducing “death, disease, crime and corruption”.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who was part of the round-table that led to the report, said he supported decriminalising low-level drug use so police could better direct