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Drug safety consultation planned

25th July 2007

The government has started a campaign which it calls its "biggest ever public consultation" against drug use.

drugsmoke1Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says the government is inviting "communities, families, experts and current and ex-drug users to tell us what can be done".

The government has set a date of 19 October 2007 for the public to submit their responses to the 40-question consultation paper.

Ms Smith wants to encourage people to submit ideas for ways of helping young people to avoid drug use and to target drug dealers. The government has allocated an additional £5m for its 'Talk to Frank' campaign.

The Home Secretary said the government's current campaign - which finishes in March 2008 - has shown results, with a 24% reduction in drug use by young people.

She said the government wanted "drug dealers put out of business, young people better educated...effective drug treatment widely available, ex-drug users given a greater sense of hope...and power put back in the hands of the law abiding majority in our communities".

People who take drugs will take part in research organised by the market research company Ipsos Mori.

The company will also organise research involving members of the public and people who work in the drug and criminal justice sectors.

Literature published as part of the consultation calls for an improvement in education about drug use provided in schools.

It also states that action should aim directly at those groups "vulnerable to drug use" including young people in prison, children in care and homeless people.

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