Please find below for your information a report on drug policy by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The LMC has been consulted on some of these issues and, in particular, has supported the development of a drug consumption room. A message from the Birmingham LMC Chair Dr. Bill Strange is copied below:
"I would like to bring to the attention of our membership to recent recommendations from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner around the future of the West Midlands drug policy direction. It's a very interesting read in that it neatly brings together those areas that perhaps most concern us (picking up on the medical complications and needs of patients with substance misuse and of course the social and health burden that they and their families endure) with more wider social implications right up to organised crime. The Police and Crime Commissioner clearly recognised the multiagency aspects of this and has been quite broad in looking to advice from all directions. I was delighted for example that Birmingham LMC was invited to participate in the workshop that underpinned some of these recommendations. In particular, Birmingham LMC could see the point of moving forward as quickly as possible with the assessment of a drug consumption room for the city. Birmingham has a proud track record of proactivity in helping those with substance misuse, drug consumption rooms are quite common outside of the United Kingdom and it is a shame that we are behind the curve here. In addition, on a personal level, I found that many of the recommendations that came out of the workshop and are so neatly summarised in the attached document were very relevant to the challenges that we are currently facing. For those of us who have an interest here I'd recommend the attached document is an interesting read as to the way services might possibly develop in the future."
Click here to download the document "West Midlands Drug Policy Recommendations".
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