Government pledges to halve drug use among young people

The government has confirmed its pledge to halve serious drug
use among young people by 2008 in the cabinet office’s annual

Other confirmed targets for the next seven years include halving
both the level of drug misuse by offenders and the level of
offending amongst drug misusers.

The drugs strategy also aims to double the number of drug
misusers receiving treatment.

The cabinet office, which oversees the new UK anti-drugs
co-ordination unit, has established the strategy targets as part of
the government’s public service agreements (PSAs) to which
government departments must commit themselves in return for
resources from the Treasury.

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