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London Assembly Health Committee. (2022) Reducing drug deaths in London. The London Assembly.

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This report makes recommendations to the Mayor, Central Government and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to help reduce the number of drug-related deaths across London and the UK. Drug misuse deaths in England and Wales have risen for the last eight years and are now at their highest level since comparable records began. The latest statistics show that 2,996 people in England and Wales, and 296 people in London, died from drug use in 2020 alone. Given the increase in drug-related deaths over the last decade there have been growing calls for the adoption of new approaches focusing on harm-reduction methods. It has been argued that harm-reduction approaches would “not only benefit those who are using drugs but reduce harm to and the costs for their wider communities.”...

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