Thanks again to Monty for this…Just when was the war on drugs won, exactly?Note that in 2007 Chinese bank notes carried no traces, but in 2008, traces were found. This will make iy difficult toprove where drug traces on a defendant actually originated.
Is this the legacy of Ruth Kelly or Hazel Blears? Remember the past two community secretaries? On the other hand, what is wrong with “building resilience to violent extremism”. Someone in the article suggests it is difficult to measure compliance…Hmmm. Not beyond the wit of person, I surmise! All funding maybe shouldnt be under the “Prevent” agenda, though. There should be some funding for the alleviation of derpivation under other programmes…and surely there is?? Dont worry, the change of government will be sweeping all this stuff away shortly.
There are some stats in this piece from Le Monde [in French, of course]. 40% 0f 17 year olds have smoked cannabis at least once. Cocaine use has risen from 0.9% to 3.3% and and amphetamine use from 1% to 2.7% between 2000 and 2008. Price data given too.
I’m sorry, but that isnt what the figures say. 2,692 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2007-8, while 9,632 sought it for crack and heroin. The figures showa decline in crack and heroin abuse and a rise in cocaine abuse, but there were still more than 3 times as many crack and heroin users seeking help. The headline writer needs to read the article him or herself.
Lucy Faithfull Foundation estimate…but remember these groups have an interest in giving a high figure. Anyone out there have figures for other European countries? They suspect 320,000 paedophiles in UK, but there are only 32,000 names on sex offenders register. Newspapers love this sort of stuff. Classic moral panic. How are figures estimated? There are 56 female offenders in custody. It may be true it may be not, but until we see the methodology, it is difficult to comment.