Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will review the UK's drugs policy and take steps to evaluate the effectiveness of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made on the effectiveness of its drugs policy on (a) reducing harm, (b) drug related deaths and (c) improving community safety.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government recently published an evaluation of the effectiveness and value for money of the activity provided by the previous Drug Strategy between 2010 and 2015. The evaluation assesses a range of outcomes of drug policy, including harms, drug-related deaths and community safety.

We have no plans to review the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. We recently published a new Drug Strategy. This sets out a balanced approach which brings together police, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

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