The Government's 10-year Drug Strategy aims to tackle drugs and prevent crime is to be backed by a record increase in funding for drug treatment.
The Government has announced that £780 million will underpin a new strategy to tackle drug use the money will go towards improving access to treatment and increasing the capacity of services, helping to reverse the upward trend in drug use and level up by tackling this major driver of crime, which is known disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable and poorest communities.
‘This is a huge moment which will not only save lives but help level up the country,’ said Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid.
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‘We’re investing a record amount into treatment services with money to break the cycle of drug use and to support communities by cutting the drug use which drives crime. Treatment services are just one part of the comprehensive strategy which includes helping people back to work, into permanent housing, and cracking down on supply.’
The Government aims to increase and improve treatment services to reduce harm and improve recovery rates significantly, while also tackling linked issues by increasing housing support and access to treatment for those at risk of sleeping rough
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‘Enormous human tragedy surrounds the lives of people dependent on drugs. This investment will transform substance misuse services, providing people with high quality treatment and support for recovery,’ said Dame Carol Black, whose independent review into the issue of drugs helped shape the strategy.
‘Therefore, I am delighted that the Government is making this very significant investment in drug treatment and recovery services, alongside the funding allocated to tackle drug supply. The investment to improve housing support and employment opportunities is just as critical because people need hope, purpose and practical steps to help them achieve a better future.’