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Drug strategy 2017

Home Office have published the new Drugs Strategy, which sets out how the Government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harm it causes. Drug misuse is common among people with mental health conditions: research indicates that up to 70% of people in community substance misuse treatment also experience mental ill-health and there is a high prevalence of drug use among those with severe and enduring conditions such as schizophrenia and personality disorders. The Strategy makes clear that the Government will take a balanced approach to reducing harms caused by drugs, such as mental ill-health, by acting at the earliest opportunity to prevent people from starting to use drugs in the first place and prevent escalation to more harmful use, as well as providing evidence-based treatment options that can be tailored to individual need, to provide people with the best chance of recovery.

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