You want to take care of people you care about. As people, we’re really good at that! The foundation of wellbeing is our capacity to take care of ourselves and one another.
But politicians who want to look tough insist we treat drugs as a criminal matter. They pretend they can punish people into wellbeing. People with the least power are targeted and suffer the most.
For thousands of years, people have used drugs for healing, ceremony and celebration. It’s time to bring that out into the light. It’s time to reconnect people who have used drugs with the rest of the community. We all want to see the people we love get the best chance to lead a healthy and happy life.
Around the world, reform is underway. Australia – once a leader – is lagging behind. We can’t leave it to the politicians. Let’s build a public groundswell for change.
With the right laws in place, we can take better care of people we care about. We can build communities resilient against addiction. We can make drug use safer and more positive. And we can make sure people who need it can get the help they need.
Let’s get drugs right.