November 28, 2019
A Conservative majority Government will launch a new initiative to drive down drug related deaths and tackle addiction head on, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.
Under the plans:
Substance misuse and addiction is a key driver of crime, can fuel mental health crises, prompt homelessness, and lead to an early death. In particular the recent rise in drug-related deaths must be challenged head on with a preventative approach to stop the problems of addiction taking hold and ruining lives.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said:
“Addiction is a destructive and tragic affliction that can cause physical and emotional harm and cost lives. I've seen for myself just how devastating it can be, and there are new challenges we face every day.
“Drug-related deaths have risen and new harmful substances are fuelling mental health crises - and in the digital age the prevalence of online gambling risks more people experiencing gambling-related harm.
“We have the best health service in the world and we now need to marshal its resources to protect those affected by addiction and ensure that they receive the treatment and support they need.”
Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:
“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”