Topical Questions

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Yes, the risk of an opioid epidemic across the UK is a serious one. We have seen that risk materialise in the United States. I was as shocked as anyone to see the recent figures for the growth in opioid addiction in Scotland. While public health and the NHS are devolved to the Scottish Government, and they must lead on tackling this issue, for the UK elements of my responsibilities, we in England will do absolutely everything we can and put aside all party politics to tackle this serious problem.