London is at the forefront of drug and alcohol related problems in the UK. The capital's international transport links make it a real centre for drug trafficking. It is not surprising, then, that a wide range of drugs are available in London.
Every community is vulnerable to the problems that drugs and alcohol can bring. Many people suffer serious physical and mental health problems from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
However, it is not all bad news. In recent years, there have been some positive trends. Overall, London's drug use has slightly reduced. There are also some encouraging signs amongst sections of the population relating to a reduction in alcohol use.
The City of London Substance Misuse Partnership (SMP) coordinates the local implementation of the National Drug and Alcohol Strategies within the Square Mile.
The City of London's drug and alcohol policy forum (LDAPF) is the only independent body working to support policy and practice across the broad drugs, alcohol and community safety agenda.