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Afternoon chair's remarks

Roman-Urrestarazu, Andres (2015) Afternoon chair's remarks. In: Tackling Drug Abuse: Addressing the Prevalence of Legal Highs, 2015-01-20. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Overview: The Home Office estimates that drug related crime costs the UK economy £13.3 billion per year. This monetary figure does not take into account the human cost with Public Health England reporting in November 2014 a sharp rise in drug related deaths. The use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or 'legal highs' has risen sharply in recent years creating significant health risks in addition to fuelling anti-social behaviour. Drug abuse is not only an individual health issue and cannot be detached from its societal costs. It is vital that investment in effective education, prevention and treatment programmes is complemented by legislation that accounts for the evolving nature of drug abuse. The government recognises this and has made the Psychoactive Substances Bill, announced in the Queens Speech 2015 and currently passing through the House of Commons, a clear priority of the new parliament. This legislation will codify a blanket ban on 'legal highs', empowering police and local authorities to tackle this increasing form of substance abuse and stopping criminals circumventing bans through continually reinventing chemical compositions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Official URL: http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65534

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