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 they will set up a new UK-wide cross-government addiction strategy will be published in 2020, establishing clear ambitions for reducing drug deaths and including problem gambling for the first time

Problem gambling, drink and drugs addiction will be brought under the remit of a new, dedicated monitoring unit at the heart of Government and new measures will be taken to tackle over-prescribing of opioids, including considering measures from the Public Health England (PHE) review such as a new 24/7 support line for addiction advice on prescription medicines

An independent review will be commissioned into the 2005 Gambling Act to update it for the modern, digital age

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.”


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