New report calls for alcohol tax to fund rehabilitation

A 'treatment tax' should be added to the cost of alcohol in shops to fund a new generation of rehabilitation centres and stem the tide of Britain's addiction problem, according to a new report by the Centre for Social Justice.

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'Legal highs could overtake' heroin deaths by 2016

Deaths linked to ‘legal highs’ could overtake those linked to heroin by 2016, according to a new report outlining Britain's addiction problem.

The report by the Centre for Social Justice found:

  • 1.6 million English adults dependent on alcohol
  • Almost 50,000 heroin addicts have been ‘parked’ on state-supplied methadone for more than four years
  • UK’s youth ‘legal high’ use is the highest in Europe
  • New powers to punish high street shops selling dangerous 'legal highs'
  • Addicts who continually refuse treatment could have benefits reduced

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