Drug strategy 2010

On 8 December 2010, the government launched its drug strategy, 'Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug-free life'.

A major change to previous government policy, the 2010 strategy sets out a fundamentally different approach to preventing drug use in our communities, and in supporting recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. 

The strategy has recovery at its heart. It:

  • puts more responsibility on individuals to seek help and overcome dependency
  • places emphasis on providing a more holistic approach, by addressing other issues in addition to treatment to support people dependent on drugs or alcohol, such as offending, employment and housing
  • aims to reduce demand
  • takes an uncompromising approach to crack down on those involved in the drug supply both at home and abroad
  • puts power and accountability in the hands of local communities to tackle drugs and the harms they cause

With regards to devolved powers, the coverage of the new strategy is as follows:

  • health, education, housing and social care – confined to England
  • policing and the criminal justice system – England and Wales
  • the work of the Department for Work and Pensions – England, Wales and Scotland

You can view the strategy and its associated documents (the impact assessment and equality screening document), as well as a Welsh translation of the strategy.

A drug consultation was held over the summer, which received over 1,800 responses, and helped inform this drug strategy. You can read the summary of the responses to the consultation.

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