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UK may strip drug users of their passports now

UK may strip drug users of their passports now
UK may strip drug users of their passports now
Written by Harry Johnson

Warning so-called ‘lifestyle’ drug users, middle-class people who take Class A narcotics, the UK’s Minister for Policing Kit Malthouse said that these individuals “are driving much of the violence and the degradation that we see from drugs overall.”

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The British government has published a new proposal today, announcing a £300 million (about $400 million) investment in eliminating ‘county lines’ drugs gangs, while discouraging individuals from purchasing and taking illegal narcotics, as drug-poisoning deaths in England and Wales reach record levels.

A 10-year plan to tackle drug dealers and users, will give police new powers to strip passports and driving licenses from UK citizens.

Warning so-called ‘lifestyle’ drug users, middle-class people who take Class A narcotics, the UK Minister for Policing Kit Malthouse said that these individuals “are driving much of the violence and the degradation that we see from drugs overall.”

Among the measures that may be taken under the new proposals to discourage drug users is the confiscation of their passports and driving licenses, as well as the imposition of night-time curfews travel bans.

Citing how UK citizens who fail to pay child support can lose their passport and driving license, Malthouse claimed that the new approach of “interfering” in people’s lives to bring about “behavioral change” is currently used in other areas of government.

Defending the proposed strict crackdown on drug users, Malthouse argued it was helpful to impose these measures to allow authorities to jointly tackle supply and demand in the drug industry.

It is thought that there are currently more than 2,000 county lines drug gangs operating in the UK, groups who move narcotics between different regions around the country. When in place, the new rules would let police seize phones from criminals to obtain their contact list, reaching out to drug users in this way to direct them to support services.

The announcement of the new measures comes after it was reported that deaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales hit a record in 2020, when 4,561 fatalities were reported, marking a 3.8% increase on the previous year and the highest number since records began, raising concerns among charities of a public health emergency in the UK.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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