The Centre of Social Justice has criticised the government for what it calls an "inadequate response to heroin addiction" in the UK, after it published a new report suggesting that the UK has some of the highest rates of opiate addiction and dependence on alcohol.
According to the report:
- Alcohol and drug abuse costs the UK £21 billion and £15 billion respectively
- 40,000 drug addicts in England have been stranded on the substitute methadone
- Rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England doubles in a decade
- One in 12 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the UK - more than 670,000 - said they have taken "legal highs" or new psychoactive substances (NPS)
- In England 6,486 people were treated in 2011/12 for abusing these types of drugs, an increase of 39% since 2005/06
- Figures revealed deaths involving "legal highs" in England and Wales increased from 29 in 2011 to 52 last year