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Drug policy

EDM (Early Day Motion) 6: tabled on 19 December 2019

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 15 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that deaths related to drug poisoning in Britain have risen inexorably in recent years to record levels; further notes that hospital admissions for poisoning due to drug misuse also continue to rise, with NHS Digital reporting there were over 18,000 admissions in England alone last year; believes that the current criminal justice approach to drug policy is counterproductive and that a public health approach should be adopted, as recommended by recent Health and Social Care Committee and Scottish Affairs Committee reports on drugs; endorses the views of both committees that problem drug use has reached the level of a public health emergency; and calls on the Government to recognise that cuts to drug treatment have had a serious impact and that significant investment in services is urgently required to address this crisis.