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UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser

Simon Woolley says failure of drugs legislation is having a devastating impact on public health

Britain’s drug laws are racist and cause “high levels of mental health harm” among black people, a former No 10 race adviser has said.

Simon Woolley said drugs legislation introduced 50 years ago had failed to cut the use, supply and harms associated with illegal drugs, and instead was used “as a tool of systemic racism”.

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