He is in long term recovery and works as a Probation Officer with 30 years’ experience, currently in the Court setting. Passionate about justice and public protection as well as individual dramas and structural inequalities, he is convinced by personal and professional experience and research that the war on drugs is lost; that our societies and communities have appetites for drug use that will not disappear or diminish because of prohibition or punitive legislation.
Just Say No is rather like hoping for progressive change without becoming involved in a struggle. In the past he has been involved in Housing co-ops, Trade Union activities and various campaigns around the relief of poverty and oppression.
He argues that problematic drug use is a social and medical problem that, in the majority of cases, is best kept out of the Courts and that resources ineffectually used in prohibition should be reallocated to treatment and rehabilitation, incentivising trainers, employers and accommodation providers.
Aidan Halpin has been involved with Recovery Justice in a consultative capacity since it’s early days.