Heroin should be legal like alcohol in a pub to stop drug crisis, say experts

Drug experts are calling for sweeping changes to the UK’s policy – including being able to buy heroin from a shop and being given class As in prison.

It comes amid narcotic-triggered chaos in Scotland with deaths soaring to a new record for the seventh year in a row.

Last year, a whopping 1,339 Scots tragically lost their lives to drugs, reports the Daily Record.

Dr Paul Skett, a senior lecturer in pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, says addicts should be able to buy the controlled substance from licensed shops and pharmacies.

The boffin says Scotland needs to decriminalise drugs to properly solve its crisis.

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And cop advisor Dr Stephanie Sharp thinks addicts should get access to heroin when they’re behind bars.

She says it stops them being driven to deadlier alternatives and could save lives, reduce drug smuggling and curb attacks on prison officers.

Skett and Sharp are directors of the Glasgow Expert Witness Service, formed in 1991 to report on drugs and booze.

They say decriminalisation will cut fatalities by ensuring heroin is safe.

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Dr Skett explained: “Users should be able to buy drugs in the same way they would alcohol in a pub. They would know then they were safe to take.

“Many addicts are dying from heroin overdoses because it is stronger than their body is able to take.

“If they were buying it over the counter from a licensed outlet, then that would not happen. When you decriminalise or legalise, you are introducing a quality control.”

Whilst Dr Sharp added: “There needs to be a safer alternative to the various untested drugs smuggled into prison each day. Heroin, when administered properly, is very safe.”

The radical calls come following warnings over a super-strong Blue Tesla ecstasy pill that killed two people in UK nightclubs in Bristol and London last week.

And just last week official figures showed the UK is in the midst of a “drugs pandemic” with cocaine as easy to order as a Deliveroo.

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