Search

Prince William chats with recovering addicts about legalising drugs at visit to Shoreditch charity

PUBLISHED: 17:04 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 20 September 2017

The Duke of Cambridge in the Restoration Station workshop with volunteer and former client Bernard Bristow. Picture: David Rose/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge in the Restoration Station workshop with volunteer and former client Bernard Bristow. Picture: David Rose/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge quizzed recovering addicts about their thoughts on legalising drugs during a visit to a Shoreditch recovery charity today.

William was at the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), which has been helping addicts for 50 years to chat to service users, while also taking a tour of its training workshop Restoration Station.

He said: “Can I ask you a very massive question - it’s a big one - there’s obviously a lot of pressure growing in areas about legalising drugs and things like that. What are your individual opinions on that?

“I know it’s a big question, but you seem like the key people to actually get a very good idea as to, you know, what are the big dangers there - what are the feelings?”

Heather Blackburn, 49, was the first to reply and said she thought the legalisation of drugs was a good idea.

She added: “Most of the people I’ve known in recovery, 95 per cent, had massive trauma and terrible stuff happen to them and using drugs to cope and then you get put in prison, you don’t get the facilities and the actual help you need, you get punished.

“Which is not going to help anyone taking drugs, it’s going to even do more harm I think.”

When William asked: “So there needs to be more of a social element to it?” she replied there should be more help, such as psychiatrists, so people could turn their lives around earlier.

The Duke added: “So prison doesn’t tackle the root cause of why someone is taking drugs?” and Ms Blackburn replied “No, it just punishes what you’ve done, not the reasons why.”

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 19:00

A memorial that took 10 years to get going as a commemoration to the 173 people killed in the 1943 Bethnal Green air-raid shelter disaster has finally won a national architects award.

Yesterday, 15:19

There is no service on the TfL Rail line between Liverpool Street and Ilford this afternoon.

Yesterday, 11:57

Wendy Holland is living on borrowed time after being diagnosed with the deadly mesothelioma “asbestos disease” caused by hugging her dad as a toddler when he came home every night from working in the docks in the 1960s.

Yesterday, 07:00

A rich source of radical photography and film-making showing East End community life and political struggles of the 1970s and 80s goes on public show for the first time today at Bethnal Green’s Four Corners studio.

Thu, 18:00

A big old building in Bethnal Green had been empty for donkeys’ years until Scott Franklin’s ‘property guardians’ filled the space to make it useful.

Thu, 18:00

Investigators probing corruption, fraud and bribery in the overturned 2014 Tower Hamlets council election that brought down Lutfur Rahman are gathering fresh evidence previously “overlooked by the police”, it has emerged this week.

Thu, 17:09

What a snip for Bethnal Green’s Joshua Galvin hairdressing academy whose staff have been awarded the prestigious Matrix Standard again.

Thu, 13:00

A grueling seven-mile race that starts off by negotiating 30 tonne barges on the bends around the Isle of Dogs is being staged in “extreme rowing conditions” later this month.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now