Thursday 15 August 2019 / 9:58 AM Jonathan Ashworth

The current war on drugs approach isn’t working – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to ONS statistics that deaths related to drug poisoning are at highest levels since records began, said:

“These figures are devastating for the individuals who have lost their lives, and for their families and society. The current ‘war on drugs’ approach simply isn’t working.

“It’s clear we are facing an addiction crisis – yet Boris Johnson is pushing ahead with deep cuts to substance misuse and addiction treatment budgets.

“The government’s austerity agenda and short-sightedness in this area is failing some of the most vulnerable in society. Ministers must reverse cuts to addiction services and start treating this issue as the public health emergency it is.”