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Home Office launches new drug strategy
The new strategy sets out new action to protect the most vulnerable, including those with mental health issues.

Sets out new action to protect the most vulnerable

A new drug strategy to stop substance misuse and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence has been launched by the Home Office.

The new strategy sets out new action to protect the most vulnerable, including the homeless, victims of abuse and those with mental health issues.

It brings together the police, health and local partners to support those most at risk. The strategy includes measures to:

    •    reduce demand: through deterrent work including an expansion of the Alcohol and Drugs Education and Prevention Information Service for young people


    •    restrict supply: by pursuing a strong law enforcement response and dismantling trafficking networks


    •    support recovery: a new National Recovery Champion will be appointed to make sure adequate housing, employment and mental health services are available to help people turn their lives around

    •    drive international action: an international strand is included for the first time, setting out action to strengthen controls at our borders, understand global trends and share intelligence.

Commenting on the strategy, home secretary Amber Rudd said: “Since becoming home secretary I have seen first-hand how drugs can destroy lives. I am determined to confront the scale of this issue and prevent drug misuse devastating our families and communities.

“This government has driven a tough law enforcement response in the UK and at our borders, but this must go hand in hand with prevention and recovery. This new strategy brings together police, health, community and global partners to clamp down on the illicit drug trade, safeguard the most vulnerable, and help those affected to turn their lives around.

She continued: “We must follow through with our commitment to work together towards a common goal: a society free from the harms caused by drugs.”

Home Office figures show that 2.7 million 16-59-year-olds took illegal drugs in 2015/16. This is down 10.5 per cent a decade ago, but new threats are emerging, including new psychoactive substances such as ‘spice’, image and performance enhancing drugs, ‘chemsex’ drugs and misuse of prescribed medicines. 

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Classroom pets on the decline

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 New research has found there are fewer pets in UK classrooms than in previous generations - despite 88 per cent of parents believing it significantly helps a child’s social skills and development.

More than half of the parents surveyed by Pets at Home (51 per cent) had a class pet as a child, compared to 46 per cent of children today.

The survey also found that non-traditional animals such as chickens, tadpoles, caterpillars and stick insects are becoming increasingly popular alternatives as classroom pets.  

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‘Surveillance use, understanding and engagement across the veterinary profession’ is the first of a series of surveillance surveys that will also include localised surveys for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Drafted by members of BVA’s Surveillance Working Group, it will run until Friday, 31 August 2017. Data collected will inform BVA’s policy position ensuring it is representative of disease surveillance across the UK.