20th Feb 2020
Drug Policy Reform
Proposer: Jack Boyd
Seconder: Sam Rowlands
What's the issue?
Inadequate provision of safeguarding information on the issue of drug usage. This is based on the results of a widespread student survey. According to the survey results 75% of all respondents have tried drugs at LSE, 20% higher than the national average student at university as outlined in the NUS Report ’Taking the Hit'. In addition, 88% of respondents don’t know the school’s policy on drugs and 46% wouldn’t know where to go for information. The school’s current policy states that it should provide information about drugs online — these results paint a different picture.
What's the solution?
3 key solutions:
- Request LSE updates its Student Drug Policy, specifically section 1.2 to provide information for students that aren’t just addiction based. Additionally to add to the policy the need for a drugs councillor/expert to be present on campus pro rata to answer questions for student.
- Lobby LSE to encourage them to have more open and frank discussions about drug and drug usage with their students on Freshers week.
- Additionally, lobbying LSE for funding in order for the SU to continue this work