Slowly, policy towards illegal drugs in this country is beginning to shift. Soon after the correct but long overdue decision by the Home Secretary to allow cannabis oil to be prescribed to people with certain medical conditions, in the North East we are seeing the beginnings of a quiet revolution in the way in which we treat drug addiction.
I was delighted by the announcement on Monday 3rd September 2018 that local leaders in Middlesbrough are introducing Injectable Opioid Treatment. In tests in the UK and internationally this type of treatment, whereby medical-grade heroin is provided to addicts in a clinical setting, has been shown to save lives, reduce crime and improve health. It also reduces demand for street heroin, hitting organised crime in the pocket. We need new approaches like this in every town and city in order to tackle the scourge of drugs. Previous policies have failed.
I hope that this announcement will give other decision-makers the confidence to show the backbone and leadership required.
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington
Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018