Breaking the Habit: Why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab by Kathy Gyngell
In this new report, leading drugs analyst Kathy Gyngell shows that:
- New Labour’s approach to drug addiction – prescribing addicts with methadone in an attempt to reduce crime and improve addicts’ health – has been an expensive failure (new estimates for this paper indicate that the annual cost of maintaining treatment and paying benefits to the 320,000 problem drug users is £3.6 billion).
- Coalition proposals to introduce Payment by Result (PbR) trials are well-intentioned but doomed to failure, not least because they are being run by the very organisations responsible for the current failure of policy
- There is an alternative. The problem is one of addiction. The solution lies in freeing people from it. This is being achieved with remarkable success rates by small modern rehabilitation units – none of which have been allowed to apply to run the Coalition’s PbR trials.
Kathy Gyngell argues that PbR can work if the importance of abstinence-based rehabilitation is recognised and if bids from such operators are sought. And, crucially, if there is one simple measure of success: that of six months abstinence from all drugs and alcohol.
The full report can be downloaded from here.
‘I WANT MY SHARE’ CAMPAIGN
Following the successful publication of our ‘Give us our Fair Shares’ bank reprivatisation paper, the Centre for Policy Studies is continuing the campaign for the British public to be given shares in RBS and Lloyds.
Since our last update:
- The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, has come out in support of a policy very close to our proposals. Unfortunately, there still appears to be lots of misunderstanding about how the proposals would work – something we are working hard at the CPS to rectify.
- The Economist wrote a very supportive blog piece on the proposal, arguing ‘there aren’t many proposals that would benefit both the Treasury and the average taxpayer (or voter) while depriving financial institutions of an unearned profit.’
- Steve Baker MP has given his support to the campaign. He tweeted: “must remind Chancellor of @CPSthinktank paper on bank reprivatisation which would ensure a good deal for taxpayers. Easy to sell it stupidly.”
- The authors of the paper – James Conway, Toby Fenwick and Michael O’Connor – provided a follow-up implementation paper to the Treasury, which outlined solutions and guidance on some of the technicalities and implementation issues surrounding the policy.
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