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Drug misuse at heart of strategy to reduce violent crime

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 11 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1617
  1. Eliza Slawther
  1. London

A “multiple strand approach involving a range of partners across different sectors” is needed to tackle violent crime in England and Wales, says the first strategy aimed at reducing serious violence.1

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said that the government’s response “to violent crime must address the misuse of drugs” as a priority.

Speaking about the main drivers behind violent crime, she explained: “There is a strong link between drugs and violent crime.”

In a speech on 9 April to launch the strategy in London, she said: “We will focus on reducing the number of people who take drugs and we will also increase the number …

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