Police and Crime Commissioner calls for fresh ideas to tackle the scourge of drugs in the West Midlands
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has arranged for
top politicians, health professionals and drugs experts to come
together to find new ways of tackling the problem of drugs in the
The large scale event, organised by David Jamieson, will take
place on 15th December 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket
High-level speakers will include the PCC, West Midlands Mayor Andy
Street, Chief Constable Dave Thompson, Co-Chair of the All-Party
Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform Baroness Molly Meacher,
along with representatives from Public Health England and from the
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "Despite the good work being done by many,
collectively our approach to drugs is failing. Drugs are costing
the West Midlands £1.4 billion each year.
"It means people are forced to live with more crime, public
services are put under strain and not enough is done to reduce the
suffering of those who are addicted.
"I will report back in February with the proposals from the summit
that I believe can reduce the harm that results from drug taking in
the West Midlands.
"If we are to cut crime and save lives there's one thing we can
all agree on; we need fresh ideas.
"I am looking forward to this summit bringing them out."
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 Police and Crime
Commissioner will consider the conclusions of the summit ahead of
making firm proposals for change in February.
The PCC has already published a detailed report on the cost of
drugs to the West Midlands. It 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.