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Giving drugs to cut crime

Using the public purse to prescribe drugs to drug addicts as a means of cutting crime may cause some to scoff.

But a pilot project at a London hospital appears to have shown dramatic results in its area in terms of reducing drug-related crime.

At its 2009 party conference, the Lib-Dems suggested that the NHS should give heroin to hardcore addicts.

Are your local hospitals, rehab and health centres either already engaged in similar projects or considering introducing them in the future?

What other schemes, perhaps involving sport or community engagement, or happening to cut drug-related crime?

Also, speak to those affected by drug-related crime, in particular shopkeepers and managers of large retail stores, as drugs are often behind cases of shoplifting.