Public health leaders urge radical rethink after record number of drug deaths

Public health leaders urge radical rethink after record number of drug deaths

The Faculty of Public Health have criticised the continuation of a punitive “War on Drugs” as a result of the Office for National Statistics report showing a record number of deaths involving drug misuse in England and Wales.

Professor Simon Capewell, FPH Vice President, said: “These statistics are a wake-up call. They are a tragic signal that the punitive ‘war on drugs’ approach has failed – failed our society and failed some of our most vulnerable people.”

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