PCC hosting a summit to tackle the scourge of drugs in the West Midlands
On December 15 2017, Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson is hosting a wide-ranging summit to reach practical and
lasting solutions that reduce the harm of drugs in the West
It is estimated that the cost of substance misuse in the West
Midlands is £1.4 billion each year. Half of all burglary, theft,
shoplifting and robbery is committed by people suffering from
serious addiction to drugs including heroin and crack cocaine.
Every three days in the West Midlands somebody dies from drug
poisoning, while organised criminals are profiting from this
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said, "Despite the
good work being done by many, collectively the policy is failing.
This failure means the public put up with more crime, public
services are put under more strain, and not enough is done to
reduce the harm of those suffering from addiction.
"I will report back in the New Year with the deliverable
proposals from the summit that we believe can reduce the crime and
harm of drugs in the West Midlands."
There will be roundtable discussions as well as a number of
presentations by different organisations who will offer practical
options for addressing this issue.