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Boris Johnson suggests passports ‘could be taken away by people using illegal drugs’

A 10-year plan to tackle illicit drug use will be released this week (Image: Getty/PA/REX)

According to reports, people who use ‘lifestyle drugs’ like cocaine could have their passports stripped as part of a new crime crackdown.

The government is preparing to unveil a 10-year plan to tackle drug-related crimes in what has been called an ‘all-out war’ and ‘the biggest intervention in a generation.’

Drug use and trafficking is thought to be behind around half of all violent thefts and robberies on UK streets.

Speaking to The Sun ahead of the strategy announcement on Monday, the Prime Minister said the new measures would include a football-style travel ban, curfew, harsher sentences for traffickers. Drugs and measures to break up the County Lines gangs.

Mr Johnson is planning to punish ordinary users with harsher penalties (Image: Reuters)

Mr Johnson said the drug problem was being driven by two groups – addicts and weekend users, who saw it as a ‘victimless crime’.

He said there needs to be new ways to ‘punish’ these people who ‘would really interfere with their lives’ and make them realize the damage their habits are doing.

‘So we will be looking at taking away their passports and driving licences. We have nothing to discuss,’ he said.

The Prime Minister had previously admitted to having tried a substance that could be cocaine once at university.

He said politicians have put off tackling the big deal for so long, perhaps because some of them fear being asked about their own past experiences.

A batch of drugs seized by London police – it is thought drugs are behind half of the violent robberies and robberies (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

The issue of politicians having tried drugs became a major topic of conversation during the last Tory leadership election.

Along with Mr Johnson’s revelation, his cabinet colleague Michel Gove also previously admitted to taking cocaine ‘many times’ as a young journalist, saying it was a ‘mistake’ he made ‘regret.’

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said he smoked marijuana as a student but never smoked harder. Health Minister Sajid Javid said he had never used drugs.

The Sun reports Mr Johnson will also map out ‘record’ funding for addiction treatment and rehabilitation services, with the promise of more money for 50 local governments with dire drug problems. such as Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Liverpool.

In July, the Government announced it would be creating a new unit to help end illness and death from illegal drugs, when the second installment of Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs was published. release.

The first phase of the review, published last February, estimated 300,000 people use opium or crack in the UK, and around one million people use cocaine each year.

Meanwhile, the number of poisoning deaths due to drug abuse is at a record high, increasing by nearly 80% since 2012.

Dame Carol’s assessment also determined the UK illicit drug market is worth £9.4 billion a year, but costs society more than double that figure.

If health, cost of crime and social impact are combined, the total cost of illicit drugs is £19 billion annually.

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