PCC responds to figures on drug-related deaths
show that there were 335 drug related deaths in the
West Midlands between 2015 and 2017. On average, one person
dies every three days in the force area, as a result of drugs
Commenting on the statistics, West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner David Jamieson, said: "I am committed to tackling
drug-related crime, reducing the huge burden on the tax payer and
cutting the number of drug related deaths.
"Despite the good work being done by many, collectively our
approach to drugs is failing.
"If we are to cut crime and save lives there's one thing we
can all agree on; we need fresh ideas. The number of drug
deaths are still far too high. They are causing untold human misery
and are a huge cost to society.
"That is why I recently supported the introduction of safety
testing and am working on a number of other initiatives to reduce
the harm, cost and crime caused by drugs in the West
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, has
developed a raft of potential solutions to reduce harm and prevent
drug related crime.
The first of these was piloted just last week at the MADE
Festival in Perry Park, Birmingham.
Revellers at the event, were this year able to anonymously
submit substances for analysis. Experts then tested the drugs,
provided results and offered advice to prevent
In total there were 54 samples of concern tested at MADE and
70 members of the public received a harm reduction counselling
- The average age of those using the service was 21.
- Over half the samples tested were MDMA.
- Of those who used the service, over 1 in 5 stated that they
would now take a lower dose than they had previously been
- 1 in 7 people who used the service chose to hand over the rest
of their sample for disposal after hearing what it was.
- The strongest ecstasy pill tested was a 'Yellow Visa', which
contained 240mg MDMA two to three times an average adult dose.
The Commissioner's recommendations to tackle the cost of
drugs to the West Midlands can be found here: https://bit.ly/2qNfniE