UKDPCUnited Kingdon Drug Policy Commission
UKDPCUnited Kingdom Disabled People's Council
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A new body funded by up to PS10m a year in cash raised through the confiscated assets of drug-related crime is required to improve drug policy, the UKDPC said, while politicians should establish a cross-party forum to decide where progress could be made.
Discussing the process for testing the effectiveness of policies, a senior political adviser told the UKDPC: "Our impact assessment system is broken and needs to be completely reformed."
There have been four drugs ministers and three Home Office civil servants with lead responsibility for drugs since the 2010 election, the UKDPC said.
UKDPC chief executive Roger Howard said: "We have not been taking evidence seriously.
Jaspal Dhani, CEO of the UKDPC, said: "The last 12 months have seen a string of cuts that have hit disabled people the hardest, from benefits changes to local authorities slashing social care budgets and axing concessionary bus passes.
And up to 80% of those in drug treatment are out of work yet employment can increase the chances of successful treatment, UKDPC said.
But the UKDPC said it was targeting "less problematic" drug users rather than hardcore crooks.
The UKDPC backed using community orders rather than short jail sentences for drug offenders.
UKDPC chairwoman Dame Ruth Runciman said: "Two striking findings emerge from our review.
In a press release, the organisation's Simone Aspis (Parliamentary and Campaigns Worker) stated: "UKDPC welcomes the Government's consultation on the regulation but we see there may be much legal confusion for disabled air travellers which may even lead to lessening disabled people's rights as the regulation takes precedence over domestic disability anti-discrimination law.
It said a report the UKDPC had commissioned found the UK has the highest level of problem drug use and the second highest level of drug-related deaths in Europe.
UKDPC (United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission) (2008) Reducing Drug Use: Reducing Offending: Are Programmes for Problem Drug-Using Offenders in the UK Supported by the Evidence?