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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has on Friday (8 February) appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a major review that will look into the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence.

First announced in the Home Secretary’s conference speech in October, the review will examine the harms that drugs cause and the best ways to prevent drug-taking.

Recent trends such as the increased recreational use of Class A drugs by young adults will also get special attention.

The changing drugs market is identified in the government’s ‘serious violence strategy’ as one of the main drivers of the recent increase in violent crime.

“We know the sale and use of drugs is driving serious violence. This review will give us a greater understanding of the drugs market so we can make our action even more targeted,” said Javid.

Dame Carol, the Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, has previously provided expert advice to the government on the impact of drug addiction. She expects to report her initial findings this summer.

“It is an enormous pleasure to have been asked to lead such an important piece of work which will provide an in depth, evidence based review of the demographics of drug use and drug supply,” she added.

Together with the drugs review, the Home Secretary has announced a consultation on a public health statutory duty which means that those in health, education, social services, local government and housing services will work together to tackle violent crime.