Didn't get time to blog on Sunday about my Politics Show appearance - basically about whether we should go down the Swiss route of having 'drugs consumption rooms' and prescribing heroin rather than methadone to addicts.
Advantages: gets addicts into contact with agencies, thus making them more likely to seek treatment; keep addicts and drugs litter off the streets; less risk of overdosing, using dodgy needles, etc; treats drug addiction as an illness rather than a crime; prescribing heroin reduces crime.
Disadvantages: should we be spending tax payers money on this; would it send out wrong signals re acceptability of drug use; is it the most effective use of resources? [And probably lots more, if you're of the Daily Telegraph mindset]. Anyway, here it is, if you want to watch it. The report from Switzerland with Maggie Telfer of Bristol Drugs Project is interesting.