committee report into the National Drug Strategy the home secretary,
David Blunkett, said:
of tackling drug misuse. I am pleased to see that the committee has
taken on board my plea and responded with a very thorough and
thought-provoking report on a very complex subject.
'I welcome the call by the committee for renewed effort on harm
minimisation and education, and a focus on Class A drugs and
problematic drug users. These are the key areas which I highlighted
in my evidence to the committee in October.
'It is important that we get the message across to young people that
whilst all drugs cause harm not all drugs are the same. Some are more
dangerous than others. We have to focus our attention on the most
'I cannot offer the same welcome for the proposal from the committee
to reclassify ecstasy from Class A to Class B. Ecstasy can, and does,
kill unpredictably and there is no such thing as a safe dose. I
believe it should remain Class A. Reclassification of ecstasy is not
on the government's agenda.
'I have already made it clear that I want to see an appropriate
extension of prescribing heroin. However, there are no plans for
'I will be making a detailed response to the report after thorough
consideration before the summer recess when I will be publishing our
updated policy programme on the whole area of tackling trafficking,
dealing, harm minimisation, addiction and reclassification of
'I promised in October that we would follow through on the outline I
gave to the committee on 23 October, and that we would consider
seriously this report, the findings of the Advisory Council on the
Misuse of Drugs and other important contributions, including those
from the Police Foundation and Chief Constables.
'I will therefore be giving serious consideration over the weeks
ahead to incorporating those recommendations from these reports which
are acceptable to the government in our overall comprehensive