Heroin-related deaths growing across the UK – as government accused of not caring by one of its own drugs advisers

The government has been accused by one of its own drugs advisers of not caring about the growing number of heroin addicts dying from an overdose.

Dr Emily Finch, a senior member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, sits on the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Asked if anyone cared about the rising number of heroin-related deaths, she told Sky News: “I think that’s one of the problems. I don’t think, generally speaking, the general population do.

“I think many people, and perhaps that’s reflected in the government, don’t care much and that is why they have allowed a treatment system to largely atrophy.