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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE BEST PLACED TO DEFEAT DRUGS

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The money and flexibility to tackle the drug menace must flow to those on...
The money and flexibility to tackle the drug menace must flow to those on

the front line, local government has warned.

Responding to the increased emphasis on prevention and treatment in the Home

Office's 'Updated Drugs Strategy 2002' published today (see LGCnet), Diane Packham, chair of the LGA's Social Inclusion Executive, said:

'Whilst much of the emphasis on tackling drug misuse remains with the police

and courts, the true test of the updated drugs strategy will be how it

supports local communities.

'The LGA welcomes the increased emphasis on prevention and treatment, but

will watch closely to see if councils are to get the freedom and resources

to take the action on the ground that is needed locally.

'Local authorities work closely with their partners in the police, health

system, probation and voluntary sector to responds to locally identified

needs. These are the people best placed to identify the problems and work

with local people to devise the solutions. That way the dealers can be

isolated and prosecuted, users helped to kick the habit, and young people

given the facts about the harm that drug abuse does.'

Local Strategic Partnerships will play an important role in delivering the

improvements the government seek, particularly within the context of the

LGA's shared priority with government to create safer and stronger

communities.

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