There is a direct link between the level of welfare provided by a country and its injecting drug user population – and the government would do well to heed this, says Alex Stevens.
The recent consultation on drug strategy stressed the government’s ambition to help drug users recover to abstinence. But the current assault on welfare will make it harder to achieve this goal. People who are having problems with drug dependence face a multiple whammy of welfare cuts. The axe is being taken to housing benefit, working tax credits, incapacity benefit and the employment and support allowance.