UPDATE: HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE CONTINUES DRUGS INQUIRY

27/02/2012

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Committee continues drugs inquiry, looking at drug education and different treatment options

February 2012

This is the Home Affairs Select Committee’s second evidence session in the inquiry into drugs policy. The inquiry, which has received numerous written evidence submissions from organisations and members of the public, is intended to be a comprehensive review of drugs policy.
The Committee will be examining prevention options and the treatment options that are open to drug addicts in this evidence session. The witnesses in this session are people who have been working on drug policy for some time and a number of them have been personally affected by drug use.

Witnesses:Tuesday 21 February 2012 at 11.00 am in the Grimond room, Portcullis House

At 11.00 am

  • Paul Tuohy, Mentor and Maryon Stewart, the Angelus Foundation.

At approx 11.30 am

  • Wendy Dawson, the Chief Executive of the Ley Community,
  • Dominic Ruffy, Rehab Grads
  • Adam Langer

At approx 12.00 pm

  • Prof. John Strang, Director of the National Addictions Centre

Comments from the Chair

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

Drug education and treatment are both vital to preventing and tackling drug use and addiction. I look forward to questioning those providing drugs education about the progress they have made in raising awareness about the dangers of drugs, particularly in children.

I also look forward to taking evidence from Professor Strang and the Ley Community Group about their experience of providing drug treatment and the advantages of different types of treatment.

Hearing from those personally affected by drugs use is essential to our inquiry. I am delighted that the Rehab Grads, Adam Langer and Maryon Stewart from the Angelus Foundation will be presenting their personal experiences to the Committee.

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