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Talk. Hooked on Failing Drug Law - The Past and Future of the War on Drugs with Neil Woods

  • The Albany 240 Great Portland Street London, England, W1W 5QU United Kingdom (map)

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author

Hooked on Our Failing Drug Laws - The Past and Future of the Failed War on Drugs

What are Drug Laws doing to our society? Former Undercover Drug Squad officer, Neil Woods, describes his experiences of the narcotic underworld, and the reality of how our laws continue to fail our communities.

Neil Woods worked undercover over 14 years, infiltrating some of the most violent drugs gangs in the UK. Starting off with no training, Neil helped develop the police techniques and trained many operatives around the country. Now a writer and full time campaigner for changes in the prohibition law, Neil has numerous fascinating tales from the front line in the War on Drugs. From samurai swords to guns, the life of this undercover cop was constantly at risk from the unpredictable characters who run the streets in our inner cities.

Neil will explain how he went from Drug Warrior, always looking to catch more dealers, to realising that our drug policy is only causing harm. Further, we take a look at how we got here and where it could be going.

Neils' best-selling memoir "Good Cop, Bad War" is described by The Guardian as "a gripping expose of the disastrous reality of the drug war", and by Johann Hari as "the best book ever written about the British War on Drugs"

The book has been optioned as a TV drama by the makers of Line Of Duty, World Productions.