12 February 2018 | 09:47

APCC Alcohol and Drugs Lead welcomes report from West Midlands PCC on local drugs policy

APCC National Lead for Alcohol and Substance Misuse Hardyal Dhindsa welcomes report from West Midlands PCC on local drugs policy:

“With drug-related deaths at a record high, this week’s report from PCC David Jamieson and his team is an important and considered contribution to our ongoing discussions about how public services can work together effectively to prevent harm, protect communities from the effects of drug abuse and make better use of finite resources.”

“Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales are leading the way with innovative local approaches to address the underlying factors which fuel these problems, as recommended by the Government’s 2017 Drugs Strategy, and our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society is matched by our continued support for tough national action to take on the organised crime gangs which profit from their misery.”

“Drug abuse isn’t a problem that can be addressed by policing alone, nor should it be, and the terrible cost of destructive drug use cannot be overlooked. As the APCC National Lead I welcome this report, and every opportunity to look again at how we can best support the most vulnerable in society.”

The report from PCC David Jamieson (West Midlands), titled ‘Reducing Crime and Preventing Harm: West Midlands Drug Policy Recommendations’, can be read here.

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