The strategy adopts all of the recommendations from Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs, with significant funding being made available for drug and alcohol treatment services, and the wider recovery support services. This includes almost “£900 million of additional funding over the next three years” to deliver “54,500 more treatment places”.
How will these goals be achieved?
Breaking Drug Supply Chains:
The UK is Europe’s largest heroin market and, since 2012, there has been an 80% increase in drug-related deaths, with the number of heroin-related deaths doubling over the same time period. The heroin and crack-cocaine market is estimated to represent £5.1 billion per year of the illegal drugs market, with more than 300,000 people experiencing dependency. In Dame Carol Black’s ‘Review of Drugs’, it was reported that dependency on heroin and crack was linked to more than half of all theft, robbery and burglary.
It is for these reasons that the government’s immediate goals to break the supply of drugs into the UK is focused primarily on this market. Over the next three years, the strategy aims to:
Deliver a world-class treatment and recovery system:
Achieving a shift in demand for recreational drugs:
Where are we now?
In the three months since the publication of ‘From Harm to Hope’, we have already seen a number of new and existing initiatives emerge and evolve: