Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 15th December 2020.

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Photo of Imran Ahmad Khan Imran Ahmad Khan Conservative, Wakefield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce drug usage in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

Drugs devastate lives, ruin families and damage communities. Our approach is to prevent drug misuse in our communities and support people through treatment and recovery

The Home Office commissioned Dame Carol Black to lead a major independent Review of Drugs. The Review’s findings were published in February. The Review, building on existing Government strategies to combat drugs, serious violence and serious and organised crime, examined the harms that drugs cause and the best ways to prevent drug-taking. The Health and Social Care Secretary commissioned Dame Carol Black to lead a further review, focused on prevention, treatment and recovery in order to focus our efforts in those areas most effectively

Law enforcement partners are already cracking down on criminals who supply drugs, causing misery to families and communities. The National Crime Agency works with partners around the world to target crime groups that traffic drugs into the UK. A total of 183,068 drug seizures were made in England and Wales in 2019/20, a 20% increase compared with the previous year (153,136).

Individual local authorities are responsible for the design, commissioning and monitoring of locally tailored treatment and prevention systems in West Yorkshire. These systems do not operate in isolation and are coordinated in partnership with local stakeholders that include social care, probation, prisons, education and the police in line with the Government’s overall approach to this complex issue.

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