MPS approach to harm from drugs

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent contacted me disappointed that there was no mention of the recent rise in drug deaths in London in your draft Police and Crime Plan. Will you consider adopting or trialling a similar harm reduction approach to that just announced by Durham Police for heroin addiction?


Answer for MPS approach to harm from drugs

Answer for MPS approach to harm from drugs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through my Police and Crime Plan, I have committed to evaluating the effectiveness of current drug intervention programmes in order to inform future investment decisions on services to intervene with those adults and young people abusing substances and support them to break their addictions. 

The MPS is aware of the Durham proposal and will watch the progress of that scheme to see what learning might be taken from it and considered for implementation in London.

The MPS remains committed to working with partners through a crime prevention and harm reduction approach to reduce the social and criminal cost of illicit drugs to London's communities whilst enforcing the law against those who seek to profit from the drugs trade.

The MPS will continue to support referral into treatment to break the cycle of offending through the MOPAC-funded drug interventions programmes and in 2016 referred 15,000 drug users for assessment with a drug worker.