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Treat illegal drug use as health issue, says UK government review – here's why

By Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor of Addiction, University of York
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The scale of the illicit drug trade in the UK is immense. Last year, the first part of an independent review of the drugs trade found the market in the UK was estimated to be worth £9.4 billion a year – with the health, social and criminal damage from this industry costing society an estimated £19 billion annually.

The review was conducted by Dame Carol Black, a medical practitioner and researcher…

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