The Malta Independent 7 June 2023, Wednesday
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Government shows concern of growing drug demand, launches exercise to update policy

Tuesday, 28 March 2023, 14:00 Last update: about 3 months ago

The government has launched a document for public consultation on drug policy, aiming to strengthen the government’s policy and reflect today’s realities.

During a press conference, Minister for Social Policy and Children's Rights Michael Falzon launched the document, which will have a public consultation period of five weeks, during which the public, individuals who have had drug problems, or those working in the sector, will have the opportunity to share their experiences and provide recommendations.

This consultation document includes a number of proposed actions that can help reduce drug supply and demand while improving the legal framework.

It also proposes drug testing for drivers to check if they are under the influence of drugs.

“We have a situation where more people are looking for drugs in various places. Therefore, this is a courageous step in light of developments in the type and quality of drugs available on the market. Furthermore, this policy has not been updated for many years,” Falzon said.

The public consultation will be open until 29 April, 2023, and suggestions can be sent to [email protected].

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