'The Crime File' series - Drugs and Crime

Mismanaging the war against drugs

The Guardian, May 22 2003

Richard Elliott couldn't stand it any more. For nearly two years, he had been acting as the government's drugs envoy in Bristol, running the city's Drugs Action Team, handling millions of pounds a year, linking together police and health workers and social workers and voluntary agencies into one big drive against drugs, but earlier this year he realised he just couldn't stand it any more, so he...

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Red tape wrapped around a drugs scheme

The Guardian, May 22 2003

Over and over again since the mid 1980s, governments have (commendably) sworn allegiance to the fight against AIDS among drug users. On the ground, what that means is needle exchanges, which allow injectors to swap their dirty works for clean ones.

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Jargon from the drugs war

The Guardian, May 22 2003

DATs - the national network of 149 drug action teams, formed since 1995 to run the government's programme of drugs treatment.

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A government policy that encourages crime

The Guardian, May 23 2003

What would you do if you house was on fire and the fire brigade turned up and started drenching it with petrol?

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