Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP

Addiction recovery policy updates

Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP has been a Secretary of State for Education, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Minister for Crime and Policing) at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office, Minister of State (Housing) at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance) at the Department of Work and Pensions.

“We know him best for his work with drugs, addiction and recovery,” the DB Recovery+McLean team said as they awarded him the 2023 Lifetime Achievement – Politician particularly for his work on the From Harm to Hope 10-year drug strategy

He was Sponsor Minister for the cross-government effort to produce the 10-year From Harm to Hope drug strategy, responsible for overseeing delivery across relevant government departments and reporting annually to Parliament on progress. The strategy sets out 3 priorities: attacking all stages of the supply chain and breaking the county lines distribution model to get drugs out of neighbourhood, rebuilding capacity and quality of the treatment system to get more people, including offenders into treatment and supported to meaningful recovery, and encouraging a generational shift in the demand for drugs.

He offers hope: “By 2024, we expect this whole of government mission to:
• prevent nearly 1,000 deaths, reversing the upward trend in drugs deaths for the first time in a decade;
• deliver 54,500 new high-quality treatment places, a 20% increase and ensuring a treatment place for every offender with an addiction. This will contribute to the prevention of three quarters of a million crimes;
• close over 2,000 more county lines through our relentless and robust action to break the model and bring down the gangs running these illegal lines; and
• secure a 20% uplift in disruptions against the activities of organised criminals, including arresting influential members, targeting their finances and dismantling supply chains,” he said.