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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

The Priory Group, Various locations

Specialities:

Treatment in various locations across the UK for mental health care and rehabilitation services.

Contact/Address:

Priory Group
21 Exhibition House
Addison Bridge Place
London
W14 8XP

Priory Group Northern Office
Middleton St George Hospital
Middleton St George
Darlington
County Durham
DL2 1TS
Tel: 01325 331 266
Email: info@priorygroup.com
Website: www.priorygroup.com

Description:

The Priory Group is famous around the world for providing mental health care and addiction support, as well a range of other care services.


The PROMIS Rehabilitation Clinic, Kent

Specialities:

Interventions, treatment, detoxes and aftercare for addictions and mental health problems.

Contact/Address:

The PROMIS Rehabilitation Clinic
Kent
Tel: 0845 053 1785
Email: enquiries@promisclinics.com
Website: www.promis.co.uk

Description:

With over 25 years of experience providing care for addiction and other mental health problems, PROMIS combine a range of psychological and physiological treatments to help their patients on the road to recovery.

Serenity Addiction Healthcare, Various locations

Specialities:

A range of treatment programmes in many locations across the UK for help with addiction and substance abuse.

Contact/Address:

44 Park Street
Nuneaton
Cv11 4NS
Tel: 0800 118 2892
Email: help@serenity.org.uk
Website: www.rehabclinic.org.uk

Description:

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Serenity provide treatment and help with interventions, detoxes and rehabilitation to give drug abusers the best possible chance at a successful recovery.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Home Office

Contact/Address:

Home Office, Drugs Licensing and Compliance
Unit
4th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
United Kingdomtel:
44 20 7035 0467
Email: licensing_enquiries@aapd.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

The Home Office is a ministerial department that deals with immigration, security and order in the United Kingdom. This includes the enforcement of drug laws and related activities such as counter-terrorism, border management, intelligence and domestic security. Whilst it has many other interests and responsibilities apart from those related to drugs, the Home Office is the closest thing that the UK has to an equivalent to the American DEA. There are departments tasked with surveillance and enforcement relating to drugs, however these are considered part of the Home Office rather than individual agencies in their own right.

The fact that the Home Office is in charge of all aspects of the police and domestic intelligence services means that there will be drug-focussed bodies and groups in many different areas of the organisation, often working together although not in every case. Border police for instance may rely on intelligence gathered elsewhere in the organisation pertaining to drug trafficking.

Drug enforcement is considered in the Home Office to be only one part of overall crime prevention policy. Whilst the Home Office does have a Drugs and Alcohol Unit, this department is concerned with licensing and policy as well as enforcement.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Drug Strategy 2010

Type:

Preventive/Security

Published Authority:

The Home Office

Date:

December 2010

Internet link:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/alcohol-drugs/drugs/drug-strategy/drug-strategy-2010?view=Binary

Publisher website:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Published Authority:

United Kingdom Parliament

Date:

May 27, 1971

Internet link:

www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1971/38/contents

Publisher website:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Facts and stats

  • In 2002, there were more drug-related deaths in the UK than in any other country in Europe.
  • There are thought to be nearly 1 million users of cocaine in the United Kingdom, whilst there are more than 500,000 ecstasy users.
  • It is thought that there are 29,000 users of heroin, and more than 2.5 million users of marijuana in Britain.
  • In contrast to the United States, there is very little use of crystal meth or PCP in the United Kingdom.
  • 4% of children aged 11-15 report having used a Class A drug in the past year. This figure has been consistent since 2001.
  • 10.5% of adults reported having used one or more illegal drugs in 2005/2006. This represented a drop since 1998, when the figure was 12.1%.
  • According to UK statistics, there are nearly twice as many male drug takers as female drug takers.
  • The use of Class A drugs is most prevalent in and around London.
  • In 2007 there were 1,604 deaths in which drugs were attributed as a primary cause, most frequently through overdose.
  • In 1993 there were 829 deaths where drugs were attributed as a cause.
  • Overall drug use is thought to be decreasing in the UK, however for certain drugs it is on the increase.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Release UK

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

124-128 City Road
London
EC1V 2NJ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7324 2989
Email: ask@release.org.uk
Website: www.release.org.uk

Release is an independent organisation that offers advice about drugs and drug law both to professionals and to the public. It also campaigns for changes to be made to the existing drug laws.


UK Drug Policy Commission

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/Contact:

UKDPC
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7812 3790
Email:info@ukdpc.org.uk
Website: www.ukdpc.org.uk

Registered as a charity, the UK DPC aims to objectively research and collect information with a view to informing policy makers how best to create an effective drugs policy.


Home Affairs Committee

Type:

Governmental

Address/Contact:

Home Affairs Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA
Tel: 020 7219 3276
Email: homeaffcom@parliament.ukWebsite: http://www.parliament.uk/homeaffairscom

The Home Affairs Committee is appointed to evaluate all aspects of the Home Office and its related operations, including drug policy, and recommend improvements.