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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st April 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the supply of clean injecting equipment for people who use drugs to avoid the spread of blood-borne viruses durig the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 25 March 2020

Local authorities are responsible for commissioning drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction services for their local area. This includes the supply of clean injecting equipment for people who use drugs, for example through needle and syringe exchange programmes. Maintaining this supply during the COVID-19 outbreak will be one of their priorities.

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