Home Office has failed to monitor effect of England’s drugs strategy, says watchdog

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1911
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    It is “unacceptable” that the Home Office in England does not know the overall effect of the drugs strategy it introduced in 2008, says the public spending watchdog.

    The 10 year strategy, which aims to “reduce the harm that drugs cause to society, to communities, individuals, and their families,” costs the country £1.2bn (€1.4bn; $1.8bn) a year. But the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised the Home Office for not evaluating its work rigorously enough.

    Edward Leigh, the committee’s chairman, said, “Central and local government spends around £1.2bn a year on activities to tackle problem drug use. Given …

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