Morning, Wednesday, 9th February 2022
This conference will examine policy priorities for tackling drug dependence, and is timed as an opportunity to discuss the long-term strategy that the UK Government has committed to developing by the end of the year.
Delegates will consider these issues in the context of the Independent Review of Drugs and the subsequent response from the Government, looking at what is needed for taking the Review’s recommendations forward and how they can inform the Government’s long-term strategy.
Discussion is also expected to look at priorities for the strategy following the Review and how best to improve society’s response to drug dependence, ensure access to quality prevention, treatment, and recovery support, and enable the swift recovery of services in the wake of the pandemic.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Professor Dame Carol Black, Review lead, Independent Review of Drugs; Dr Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University; Advisor to the Independent Review of Drugs; and former drug policy advisor to President Barack Obama; and Rosanna O’Connor, Director, Addictions & Inclusion, Office of Health Improvement & Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care.
Further areas for discussion include:
- the future of treatment and recovery services - what more can be done to link services and learn from best practice across other sectors, including mental health, housing, employment, and criminal justice
- improving prevention and early intervention services:
- tackling health and societal inequalities
- addressing underlying mental health triggers and the root causes of drug dependence
- the role of education campaigns and early intervention in identifying and treating at-risk groups
- implementation of the Government’s long-term strategy and policy priorities for supporting people through treatment and recovery, disrupting criminal supply chains, and tackling drug demand
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DHSC; HMPPS; HMRC; NAO; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.