Funding boost directed to drug user treatments

Britain's most seriously affected drug users will receive more help from the government after additional funding was announced today.

Health Secretary John Reid revealed that £179 million of the extra money will go directly to Drug Action Teams to spend on 50,000 of the country's most problematic cases.

Drug users who have long running associated alcohol and mental health problems and consistently fail to complete courses of treatment are the main targets of the funding.

Mr Reid said: "This extra funding is crucial to help drug users with the most complex problems who currently tend to drop out of treatment. These people go on to commit the most crime, have the greatest health costs associated with their drug use and are most likely to be unemployed and homeless. These are all problems that impact on the whole of society and which we are committed to tackling."

The investment will see an increase in the number of specialist drugs workers, more residential rehabilitation and in-patient detox centres and improvement in management of cases to adapt treatment to individual circumstances.

Paul Hayes from the National Treatment Agency said that today's announcement would enable local communities to continue to treat more clients, more quickly whilst improving the quality and effectiveness of treatment.


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