Neil Woods

Neil Woods

Author, Journalist

Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. With the insight that can only come from having fought on its front lines, Neil came to see the true futility of the War on Drugs – that it demonises those who need help, and only empowers the very worst elements in society. Neil is now a board member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a pro-legalisation advocacy group formed exclusively of ex-law enforcement officials, and he also starred on Channel 4’s Drugs Live.

Neil’s memoir, Good Cop, Bad War: My Double Life Undercover with the Drug Gangs, co-written with JS Rafaeli, was published by Ebury (Random House) in 2016.

His follow-up, A Very British War will be published by Ebury in 2018.

Neil appeared in BBC 3’s Drugs Map of Britain, where he discussed his time undercover and how it informed his current approach to drug legislation. Various publications, including the Guardian, The Mirror and Huffington Post have also featured his work.

Listen to his SOAP podcast here or hear him talk about Writing an End to the War or Drugs here.

Neil Woods @wudzee0

Drug prohibition funds terrorism. Regulate the supply to defund it

When adult cannabis use is legally regulated in the U.K. it must be done with social equity. People who have been most marginalised by drug prohibition must not be further marginalised when the change happens. Learn from the USA-

If we were to regulate/ legalise all drugs tomorrow and take them away from organised crime groups; by how much will the prison population have been reduced in 2 years time:

Please RT for higher response.

For those of you who don't want to trawl through the World Drug Report (I don't blame you!) we've gone through it for you and noted some key points to take away.

As ever, it's a useful source of statistics while highlighting more of the same. Some key developments though 👇👇👇

We can’t emphasise enough how wrong it is to be building and investing into the old prison system. We need to be better than this and progressive.

For many people, talking therapy can be a valuable alternative to medication.

However, a barrier for many patients who have suffered #trauma is an unwillingness to address suppressed memories. #Psychedelic-assisted therapy can enable these conversations.

Please Poland get rid of Duda today!
@DJKrawczyk how’s it looking? Has the pandemic made much impact on turnout and who is voting?

An announcement of barbaric intent today from government. 10,000 more prison places? Cruel and counterproductive. And crucially, according to evidence, very poor policy indeed. Utter stupidity and bodes ill for drug policy for next 4 years.
Steve makes it clear in this thread....

Inhumane disgusting use of public money. If prison was reserved for those who NEED to be there,most could shut today. MOST offenders better dealt with in the community. Yes,have a few modern functioning prisons which reform/rehabilitate those who are a danger to public,that's it.

Very excited to bring more evidence to the table of drug policy failures at a time when local populists think its all because we don’t enforce hard enough.

The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women by Julia Buxton, Lona Burger and Gia Margo

NEW podcast episode out NOW!

Today is #ArmedForcesDay

#Veterans are exposed to some of the most traumatic environments humanly possible. It is time to heal.

Part 1 of our special 3-part series begins with Jesse Gould and Keith Abraham.

Download here -

Some recent reviews for Drug Wars. Thank you everyone who has been spreading the word. With events in the USA and BLM protests everywhere the book could not be more relevant.
@JSRafaelism @lamplightercop @UKLEAP #DrugWars

This podcast episode never gets old, and is as inspiring as the day it was recorded.

Amazing video from those clever people at @EC_es Energy Control.
Definitely worth a watch and share. The voice is Alejandra Catalán and art by Sendys

Now Live! @wudzee0 @UKLEAP "Arresting dealers increases violence"

Today is #SupportDontPunish a global day to reflect & commemorate those who we’ve lost, and also to celebrate incredible actions. We need global drug policy reform, listen, find out why:


Got the wrong time for this it’s starting now. Good job someone just told me that or I’d have been late for the gig!

Sounds like a good plan to me

6pm. I’m speaking as part of this and so is the great Nick Crofts.

Tänään on maailman #huumepäivä. Osallistu ilmaiseen webinaariin teemana #huumeet & #poliisi
Prof. Nick Crofts @CLEPH
@khlement_Oppong SSDP Ghana
@LarissaJMaier @GlobalDrugSurvy
@wudzee0 @UKLEAP
@PienMetaal @DrugLawReform

@HPPry @EHYTry @YAD_ry @aklinikkasaatio @KasvuaK