There has been much publicity recently that class A drug use has decreased. Although this may be true, it certainly does not tell the whole story. If one looks back through history, the type of drugs used and the way in which they are used constantly change. In fact the classification of drugs is also questionable. Undoubtedly, the most harmful drug is alcohol. If alcohol were to be ‘invented’ today it would be banned immediately. It causes more deaths, more harm, more crime than every other drug combined.
Recent police seizures of Class A drugs on the street show that the purity is very low, effectively meaning that these drugs are becoming more expensive. Like any other consumer, the person who buys drugs and/or alcohol wants value for money. In the drugs world that would essentially mean the greatest effect for the cheapest price. Therefore, there have been rises in the use of alcohol amongst young people, rises in legal high consumption, cannabis (skunk particularly) and prescription drugs which are most commonly being bought online.
This highlights the problems with drug classification. Drug use is certainly not getting better and alcohol misuse is spiralling out of control. Arguably, alcohol misuse costs the NHS more money than any other single issue.
Due to the recent economic climate and government cuts, the help and treatment available to those who have problems with alcohol and/or drugs is lessening. Much of the so called ‘treatment’ which is available is simply a box ticking political exercise. As a result of this more and more families are seeking detox and rehabilitation privately. The Providence Projects endeavours to make treatment as affordable as possible so that rehab is available to as many people as possible.