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Rising drugs-related admissions shows ‘war on drugs’ is not working – Kirsty Williams

Statistics released this week showing the rising number of treatment agency admissions for drug poisoning shows the current 'war on drugs' is not working, the Welsh Lib Dems have said.

In 2013-14, there was a 10.1% increase in the number of working-age adults (25-49 years old) being admitted to treatment agencies for drug-related conditions - this figure now stands at 2,886.

These statistics came as a study published by the Home Office admits that the severity of criminal sanctions against drug users makes no difference to rates of drug use.

The Home Office's 'Drugs: International Comparators' study looked at different approaches to drugs policy in different countries. It found that treating possession of drugs as a health rather than criminal matter reduces drug-related deaths, HIV infection rates and does not lead to a long-term increase in use.

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