Drugs: Breaking the Cycle, Ninth Report of Session 2012-13, Vol. 1: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Volume 1
The Stationery Office, Dec 10, 2012 - Law - 149 pages
Whilst it supported a number of steps the Government has taken in its 2010 drug strategy, it believes more needs to be done to comprehensively address the drugs problem in the UK. The report focuses on the need to 'break the cycle' of drug addiction, and highlights in particular the need for improved treatment in prisons and wider society, and for early intervention with better education and preventative work. Three key areas were covered: prisons; treatment and the calling for the establishment of a Royal Commission into the issues. The Committee was disturbed to find that almost a quarter of prisoners found it easy to get drugs in prison and recommended that measures such as regular random drug tests based on suspicion be increased. It was concerned that the Government's policy of recovery was not being implemented, in particular that drug rehabilitation in prison was undermined by the lack of support for offenders on release, and did not take into account prescription drug addiction. The Committee is also concerned that the goal of retaining addicts in treatment has precluded attempts at recovery. It supported the Government's objective of recovery but noted that this will require a range of treatment options, with each individual needing a tailored treatment plan. The Committee highlighted residential rehabilitation and the use of buprenorphine as an alternative to methadone as two treatment methods which were currently under-utilised. Treatment must also be supplemented by housing, training and employment support if required
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