New drugs strategy targets chemsex

The Home Office has published its 2017 drug strategy, at a time of a sharp rise in drug-related deaths despite falling levels of use.

It targets psychoactive substances – formerly known as legal highs – performance-enhancing drugs, including “chemsex” substances, and misuse of prescription medicines.

There is a shift away from an “abstinence-only” approach to drug treatment and a return to an emphasis on harm-reduction and recovery.

203,800 people in England and Wales received treatment for drug misuse in 2015-16 and fewer drug users were coming into treatment. The number entering treatment under 25, particularly for heroin use, has fallen substantially in the past 10 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/14/chemsex-drugs-former-legal-highs-targeted-home-office

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