GUS JASPERT gave a predictably woolly speech, with misleading statements and completely ignored primary prevention.
2nd page: He insists cannabis use has fallen among young people between 16 and 24. This is MISLEADING - British Crime Survey
2011 found a 1% increase
in cannabis use in this age group IN THE LAST YEAR (note he refers to 2011 cf 1996). It is more impressive if they do this!
This 1% increase would amount to around 55,000 new users.
Page 3 para 2 under Balanced Approach: 'Tackling drugs requires tough enforcement alongside individual centred policies to
prevent addiction,reduce harm and help those recover'.
There is NO mention of reducing demand or primary prevention (unless I have missed it).
I have no time to keep up to date on Treatment details. But under
treatment on page 5 he says there has been a fall in the number of people entering treatment for illegal drugs. He does not
tell them of the increased number of cannabis users seeking treatment, the highest numbers ever!
It really angers me that he has not so much as mentioned drug prevention education at all! But then all the civil servants
in this area are sympathetic to HR policies. They are all still in place from the last Labour Government and are hanging on
to these views. I have had several 'run-ins' with the Home Office FRANK team over their information on that site. I will not
give up on them. The present Government has a policy of prevention!