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HENRY FISHER DPhil
Policy Director

Dr Henry Fisher is the Policy Director of Volteface, a think tank that explores public policies relating to drugs. He is also a member of the testing team for harm reduction charity The Loop, and has previously worked for The Beckley Foundation. Before working in drug policy he completed a DPhil in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Oxford. He comments regularly on drug policy in the media.

ABSTRACT: PRAGMATISM AND INNOVATION: OUR MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS FOR DRUG POLICY PROGRESS


Drug policy in the UK has calcified, having remained largely unchanged in both letter and principle for decades. While proponents of drug policy reform would happily tear down the current system and rebuild an ideologically consistent, evidence based system of drug regulation, the reality is that such a change, currently, is far too extreme to be realistic or credible with government and the wider public, and so incremental gains remain our only option for improving on our current situation. Enacting pragmatic changes within the law, such as drug consumption rooms and drug testing facilities, and innovative legal challenges and policy proposals, are our best hope at changing hearts and minds, and ultimately pushing forward progress in drug policy, from both the bottom up and the top down.