52. Drug Laws with Niamh Eastwood

Drug and the law

Are drug laws just a political tool? Should we embrace the fact that drugs bring pleasure? In this week’s episode, we speak to Niamh Eastwood – CEO of the legal charity ‘Release‘ about the UK’s drug laws.

Niamh Eastwood is the executive director of Release, the national centre offering legal services for drug users. She started at Release as a legal advisor. Now, having worked in drug policy for the last fifteen years she’s co-authored many of Release’s advice booklets and drug policy related papers including ’The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, Drugs and Law Enforcement in England and Wales’. One of the aspects of drug laws she’s most passionate about is how disproportionately they affect the most vulnerable in society. Accordingly, she’s advocating for drug policy reform in the UK by giving talks and lectures, contributing to drug policy journals and publications as well as drafting many of Release’s briefings for parliamentarians and policy makers.

MDMA (Ecstasy)