A government drug adviser has accused her of not paying enough attention to the rising number of people dying from one heroin overdose In the United Kingdom.
That is 6.2% more than in 2020.
dr Emily Finch, a senior member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who sits on the Government’s Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, spoke Sky news on the subject.
She said: “I think that’s one of the problems. I don’t think the general population does this in general [care].
“I think a lot of people, and maybe that’s reflected in government, don’t care much about it and that’s why they’ve allowed a treatment system to largely atrophy.
“Some people care, there are good reasons to care: heroin users spend a lot of time in the hospital, they cost us a lot of money, some of them commit crimes. Those are all good reasons why, in the end, properly supporting them and getting them into quality treatment would probably save society money.”
About half of all Drug poisoning deaths The drugs registered in 2021 were of some form of opiate, with the rate likely to have been impacted by the Covid pandemic as it affected a large number of people with poor sleepiness.
Delays in registering death certificates mean these deaths will span 2020-2021.
A government spokesman said: “Our pioneering drug strategy will help rebuild medication and recovery services to better support people in recovery, and tackling the criminal supply chains that fuel illicit drug markets.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20597330.government-accused-not-caring-rise-heroin-related-deaths-uk/?ref=rss Government accused of not addressing UK’s rise in heroin-related deaths