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Despite The Governments Vow Drug Death Rates On The Rise In UK

Reports have shown that the number of people dying as a result of drug abuse is rising, in spite of a pledge by the government 2002 to reduce the death rates.//

Campaigners have stated that statistics now show that deaths from heroin, cocaine and ecstasy have risen in recent years. They also claimed that the Government has failed in tackling the drugs problem and have accused the ministers of concentrating on the wrong policy-making issues.

The Critics of the government have issued a warning that the policy to reclassify cannabis from Class B to C in January 2004, which means the simple possession less likely to lead to an arrest, would lead to an outpouring in the use of all illegal drugs. It has also been reported that a report by the Prime ministers office had admitted that there is now an increase in the lure for people who use cannabis to try harder drugs.

The campaigners are arguing that this as directly resulted in increased deaths from heroin, cocaine and Ecstasy as the figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown yesterday. The government was also criticised, as the findings have clearly shown that they had failed to meet their target of reducing drug deaths by a fifth between 1999 and 2004. The critics were of the opinion that before the reclassification of cannabis, the government was on course to do so easily.

Edward Garnier, a spokesman for Tory said, “Labour continues to fail to deal with the scourge of drugs. Drugs take lives and tear apart communities. They also undermine all our efforts to combat crime. The Government needs to get an urgent grip on this problem but so far all we have had is a chaotic and confused approach that gives the impression it is OK to take drugs.”

Mary Brett, of the Europe Against Drugs, campaign had stated that it is not merely a coincidence that there is an alarming rise in deaths after the downgrading of cannabis by the government. She said, “Cannabi
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