Think-tank criticises government over tackling drug use

A major new report over the UK's drug and alcohol use shows the "stark reality" of addiction, the chairwoman of the Centre of Social Justice review said today.

Noreen Oliver added:

Despite some slow progress in this last three years, much more needs to be done to tackle the root causes of addiction so that people have a better chance of breaking free.

Alcohol is taking an increasing toll across all services in the UK and new emerging drugs are causing more harm - all the while funding to rehabilitation centres is being dramatically cut and methadone prescribing is being protected.

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UK 'hub' for 'legal high' sites

The UK has been labelled as the "addiction capital" of Europe, according to a new report by the Centre of Social Justice. The report, No Quick Fix, suggests the UK has become a hub for websites peddling dangerous ‘legal highs'.