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 Midlands.

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 misery.

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.

The public and organistions involved in dealing with substance misuse are strongly encouraged to respond to the call for evidence below, which will be published and help to inform the agenda for the summit.

 

Substance Misuse