Drugs policy inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee is seeking written submissions on the health consequences of illicit drugs policy including on:

Health and harms:

  • What is the extent of health harms resulting from drug use?

Prevention and early intervention:

  • What are the reasons for both the initial and the continued, sustained use of drugs? This refers to the wide spectrum of use, from high-risk use to the normalisation of recreational use.
  • How effective and evidence-based are strategies for prevention and early intervention in managing and countering the drivers of use? This includes whether a whole-system approach is taken.

Treatment and harm reduction:

  • How effective and evidence-based is treatment provision? This refers to both healthcare services and wider agencies, and the extent to which joined-up care pathways operate.
  • Is policy is sufficiently geared towards treatment? This includes the extent to which health is prioritised, in the context of the Government’s criminal justice-led approach.

Best practice:

  • What would a high-quality, evidence-based response to drugs look like?
  • What responses to drugs internationally stand out as particularly innovative and / or relevant, and what evidence is there of impact in these cases?

Accepting written submissions; the closing dates is Monday 18 March 2019.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/drugs-policy-inquiry-17-19

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