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Drug users offered foil to encourage treatment

Drug users will be offered free foil, used as a surface to heat up drugs, to encourage them to get help for their addiction. 

New laws will allow drug treatment providers to offer foil as an incentive to get addicts into treatment. 

Mechanisms will be put in place to monitor how foil is distributed, Home Secretary Theresea May has said. 

Providing foil will tackle “significant health risks” associated with injecting drugs such as the transmission of dangerous blood borne viruses. 

Promoting foil use for drugs such as heroin could reduce injecting behaviours by encouraging different methods of use.

The move was suggested by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

In a written ministerial statement May said: “The available evidence shows that the provision of foil can encourage people to take their first steps into treatment, reducing the immediate harm and facilitating the onward journey towards recovery and abstinence.”

Aluminum foil can be used as a cooking surface when heating up certain drugs, while heroin, marijuana, cocaine and crystal meth can be smoked from it. 

The number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time, according to data from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.