the front line, local government has warned.
Responding to the increased emphasis on prevention and treatment in the Home
'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