The Prime Minister has a ten year plan to tackle those who take drugs along with the crime that can be associated with many users and will take on the “kingpins” who are the suppliers.
The government are to bring in tough new laws to try and deter those who take drugs which includes cocaine users and will see the removal of their driving licences and passports, along with night times curfews and travel bans.
Boris Johnson has promised £300m of investment to dismantle some 2,000 “county lines,” make thousands of arrest and will close down drug gangs.
New data shows that those who are hooked on heroin and cocaine in England shows that more than 300,000 addicts are responsible for almost half of crimes, such as shop lifting, robberies and burglaries.
Ahead of the publication of the 10-year drugs strategy on Monday, the government are “putting a lot more investment” into “tackling the 300,000 problem drug users who drive about half the acquisitive crime and about half of the homicides in this country.”
The Prime Minister said, “What we’re doing is we are ramping up our campaign against the county lines networks that are preying on these users.
“You’ve got to invest in rehabilitation; everyone who knows about drugs crime will tell you that (these) 300,000 people, their lives, they are chaotic.
“They need to be taken off drugs, they need to be put into rehab, so you’ve got to invest in rehab.”
Johnson added, “You’ve got to be tougher on the county lines gangs, you’ve got to be tougher on the criminals who are doing it, but you’ve also got to make sure that you find those 300,000 people and you help them.
“You can’t simply arrest them time after time and put them back into prison again and again – you’ve got to do rehab as well.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “It is clear that the drugs trade is still driving so much crime – we must do more to prevent these ruthless gangs ruining lives, tearing apart communities and exploiting young people.
“This strategy will help to relentlessly pursue the kingpins behind these supply lines, making our streets safer.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said government cuts had made the problems worse.
“There’s no doubt that the drug problem has got a lot worse in the last 10 years, particularly issues like drug-related deaths and the county lines, which are destroying lives,” he said.
“The question for the government is not just over the plans today but the money that they have taken out of the system – millions and millions of pounds have been taken out of the system over the years and that has caused a lot of the problems.”