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HM Government
United Kingdom
Drug Policy

From harm to hope: A ten year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives

Here you can read the UK governments 10-year plan to reduce illegal drug use.

The 10-year plan is also the formal, substantive response to the Independent Reviews of Drugs led by Dame Carol Black and accepts all of her key recommendations.

The plan sets out 3 core priorities: break drug supply chains, deliver a world-class treatment and recovery system, and achieve a shift in the demand for recreational drugs

This will be achieved by:

  • continuing to roll-up exploitative and violent county lines and strengthen our response across the drug supply chain, making the UK a significantly harder place for organised crime groups to operate
  • investing a further £780 million to rebuild drug treatment and recovery services, including for young people and offenders, with new commissioning standards to drive transparency and consistency
  • strengthening the evidence for how best to deter the use of recreational drugs, ensuring adults change their behaviour or face tough consequences, and with universal and targeted activity to prevent young people from starting to take drugs

Local partners working together on our long-term ambitions will be key to the strategy’s success, and we will develop a new set of local and national outcomes frameworks to measure progress against our key strategic aims through which government and public services can be held to account at both national and local levels.

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