On March 24th 2015 HIT and Liverpool John Moores University's Centre for Public Health presented a Hot Topics/Research in Focus Seminar looking at drug policy, with Johann Hari and Steve Rolles.
Johann Hari is a British writer and journalist who has written regular columns for The Independent and The Huffington Post and has made contributions to several other publications. Johann explored the issues covered in his new book 'Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs'.
It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets – and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens.
Steve Rolles is Senior Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform's publications, including 2009's 'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation'.
Steve attempts to answer the following questions: Why should drugs workers be interested in drug policy? What can we do here in the UK to change policy? What would a regulated market look like?