Over a single weekend in Bristol this summer, one young person died and 20 others were hospitalised which led to police warnings about a lethal batch of pills circulating in the city.
At Home Office questions, I called on the Government to support drug-testing services so people can make an informed decision about what they could be taking.
It’s not enough for the Government to say “Don’t Do Drugs” and ignore what’s going on; a confidential drug checking service will save lives. After using such a service, many people either reduce their dosage or even end up not taking the drugs at all.
The Government must take the lead in reducing harmful drug use. It should either commission organisations like The Loop that already runs drugs checking services or provide its own testing service, as the Welsh Government does.
I will await the details of their upcoming comprehensive cross-Government strategy on drugs with interest, although from what the Minister said I am not particularly optimistic!