WORLD UK announces 'largest ever increase' in funding for drug treatment


UK announces 'largest ever increase' in funding for drug treatment


15:20, December 07, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to transport police officers and police dog Ozzy at Liverpool Lime Street as part of 'Operation Toxic' to infiltrate County Lines drug dealings in Liverpool, England, December 6, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

The British government on Monday unveiled its 10-year drug strategy, with the "largest ever increase" in funding for drug treatment.

The strategy is backed by a new investment of almost 780 million pounds (about $1.03 billion) for treatment – "the largest ever increase, bringing total spending on drug enforcement and treatment to more than 3 billion pounds over the next three years," according to a government press release.

The strategy has a heavy focus on targeting users and suppliers. It sets out an investment of 300 million pounds to crack down on supply chains and criminal gangs profiting from the trade in illegal drugs.

It seeks to deter people from drug use through a range of potential civil penalties which could include fines, curfews, or in the most exceptional cases, temporary removal of driving licenses or passports.

"This is a huge moment which will save lives. We're investing a record amount into treatment services with money to break the cycle of drug use and to support communities by cutting the drug use which drives crime," Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in the press release.

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