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Cleveland PCC responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on drug policy

Drug clinic

The Heroin Assisted Treatment Clinic in Middlesbrough

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has responded to a report into drug policy published today (Thursday 24th October) by the Health and Social Care Committee.

The report reccomends Heroin Assisted Treatment - like the scheme recently launched in Middlesbrough - should be implemented as a standard treatment method for long-term drug users.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “My team and I realised some time ago that current drug policy in the UK is not effectively tackling drug misuse and preventing drug-related deaths, of which we have some of the highest levels in the country.

“I’m pleased to see that the Health and Social Care Committee has come to a similar conclusion. They suggest that radical change to drug policy is needed and Heroin Assisted Treatment – like the scheme we recently launched in Middlesbrough - should form part of the standard treatment process for long-term substance users.

“The Committee recognises that the current system is failing, especially in areas with the levels of deprivation we see in Cleveland, so I welcome their willingness to push for a fresh approach which will protect the vulnerable and reduce the strain on our public services.

“The report reaffirms that the innovative approach we have taken in Middlesbrough is the right way forward. I plan to write to the Chair of the Committee about how we can work with the Government to implement their recommendations to further reduce the number of people dying from drug misuse in Cleveland.”

Read the report here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201920/cmselect/cmhealth/143/143.pdf


Posted on Monday 28th October 2019
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