UK Home Office announces new proposal to tackle drug addiction
Recreational drug users in England and Wales could be fined or made to pay for a drug awareness course, under new proposals announced by the Home Office.
People who fail to comply with the sanctions risk losing their passports and driving licenses as the government continues to tackle the ‘scourge’ of drug addiction in society.
Published in a white paper titled Fast, certain, hard. New consequences for drug possessionfirst-time offenders would be subject to a ‘three-strike’ deterrent under the new rules, which includes a notice of increased fixed fine or notice of contemplated prosecution.
Addicts who are then arrested a second time would be warned, ordered to take another drug awareness course, and subject to a period of mandatory random drug testing for up to three months.
Those found with illegal substances on a third occasion are likely to be charged and, if convicted – under a civil court order – could be subject to an exclusion order. prohibiting them from entering nightclubs and places of entertainment, with the confiscation of their passports or driving licenses. The proposals, which follow the release of the 10-year drug strategy in December, will be subject to a 12-week public consultation.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the decision shows the government is “crackling down on drug use”, adding that: “Drugs are a scourge in society. They devastate lives and tear communities apart. Drug abuse endangers lives, fuels serious and violent crime and crime, and also results in the grotesque exploitation of vulnerable young people.
“In line with our strategy to combat the harmful consequences of drugs, we aim to reverse the upward trend in substance use in society, in order to protect the public from the harms and violence of drug abuse. ”