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Drugs and alcohol

How we're working to solve the problem.

The Home Office is working hard to deal with the serious problems caused by illegal drug use. It is also the government department responsible for alcohol policy and licensing.

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2010 drug strategy

Following a very successful consultation over the summer with over 1,800 reponses, a high-level drug strategy was launched in December 2010.

Titled 'Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug-free life', the strategy sets out a fundamentally different approach to preventing drug use in our communities, and in supporting recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. 

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you are looking for information held on the drugs section of the website site prior to 7 May 2010, you can now find it on the archived version of the Home office website (new window) kept by The National Archives.

The Tackling Drugs Changing Lives website (new window) has also been archived by the National Archives.

The effect of illegal drugs use

Use of illegal drugs causes serious problems in our communities.

Drug addiction causes young people to drop out of school, and it makes parents lose interest in their children. It pushes people into lives of crime and poverty, destroys ambition and ruins lives.

Drug dealing brings crime and violence to otherwise peaceful communities, and makes people feel helpless and afraid in their own home towns.

We're working hard to limit the damage drugs do.

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