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Fentanyl: Misuse

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 127805, tabled on 8 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle the misuse of Fentanyl.

Answered on

20 February 2018

Public Health England supports local areas in responding to the threat from fentanyl, and other drugs. This includes ensuring wider availability of the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone, providing messages to use with people at risk, and issuing public health alerts when there is sufficient evidence of harm from particular drugs like fentanyl.

Local authorities are responsible for commissioning drug treatment services and interventions to reduce drug-related harm, based on local need.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to investigate the risks around fentanyl analogues, so we can maximise the effectiveness of our response.

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