People should stop calling heroin users “junkies” or “addicts”, an influential think tank on drugs has said.
The UK Drug Policy Commission said such names stigmatised users and made it more difficult to get off drugs.
Its report suggested that the policing of drugs on the streets and methadone programmes forcing users to go to chemists were “publicly humiliating”.
Instead, the study said that British society needed to show more compassion towards drug users.
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