Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs - Home Affairs Committee Contents

1  Introduction

1.  In December 2012, we published a report entitled Drugs: Breaking the Cycle[1], which contained a number of recommendations relating to drugs policy, all of which are reproduced in the annex below. In November 2013, we undertook to follow up on two of the specific issues raised within that report—new psychoactive substances and addiction to prescription drugs. At the same time, we took evidence on the proposal to control khat under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Our findings on khat were published as a separate report in November 2013.[2]

2.  As part of this follow up inquiry we held oral evidence sessions with:

  • Chief Constable Andy Bliss, ACPO lead for drugs and Commander Simon Bray, ACPO lead for psychoactive substances;
  • Maryon Stewart and Jeremy Sare, the Angelus Foundation;
  • Dan Reed, Producer, Legally High: True Stories: and,
  • Norman Baker MP, Minister for Crime Prevention, Home Office.

We also sought written evidence from:

  • The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs;
  • Public Health England;
  • The British Medical Association;
  • The Royal College of General Practioners: and,
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists

1   Home Affairs Committee, Ninth Report of Session 2012-13, Drugs: Breaking the Cycle, HC 184-I Back

2   Home Affairs Committee, Eleventh Report of Session 2013-14, Khat, HC 869 Back

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