Although there is much to welcome in the drugs strategy and in Dame Carol Black’s report, it seems that the Government are placing ideology above public safety.

I always want public policy to be informed by the evidence. I have a spent a good deal of time in the drugs, alcohol and justice cross-party parliamentary group and there is ample evidence for the positive effects of heroin-assisted treatment programmes.

I asked the Minister if he would consider the evidence and reconsider his position on heroin-assisted treatment rooms to save lives and create safer communities:

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