Health and Social Care Committee

Drugs policy inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published on Wednesday 23 October 2019. Awaiting Government Response.

Report published

Terms of Reference

The Committee sought 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? 
Terms of reference:

Latest evidence

  • 02 Jul 2019 - Drugs policy - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF342 KB) HC 1822 | Published 10 Jul 2019

    Evidence given by Jason Harwin, Deputy Chief Constable, National Police Chief Council, Dr Wojciech Spyt, Detective Sergeant, Thames Valley Police, Hardyal Dhindsa, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Stephanie Kilili, Policy Advisor, Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ CommissionerMark Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, User Voice, Emily Giles, Policy and Communications Coordinator, ADFAM, Kerrie Hudson, Operational Lead, The Well

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