Funding announced for local drug and alcohol treatment

£267 million is to be spent on boosting local drug and alcohol treatment.

Every local authority in England will be given additional funding to help combat drug and alcohol misuse.

The funding will be rolled out in April 2024 and can be spent on recruiting more specialised staff to work with people with drug and alcohol problems and supporting more prison leavers into treatment and recovery services.

It is also hoped the money will help reduce crime by increasing the number of people receiving structured drug and alcohol treatment, as well as improving the quality of treatment provided.

Before his resignation, Health Minister Neil O’Brien said: "Drug addiction drives about half of all crimes, so by investing in high quality and greater availability of treatment we can reduce crime rates and save lives.

"We aim to raise the number of people getting drug and alcohol treatment to a record high by investing through the long term investment we’ve been making over the last three years.

"Today’s allocations will see £267 million go directly to local authorities and their partners to improve services, increase capacity and quality of treatment and recovery systems, and is based on the recommendations made by Dame Carol Black in her independent review."

Professor Dame Carol Black, independent adviser to the government on combating drug misuse, said: "A key aim of my report was to make sure vulnerable people with substance misuse problems can access the support and tools needed to recover and lead full lives.  

"Today’s allocations of almost £267 will go directly to local authorities and their partners, meaning they can deliver treatment that is tailored to meet local needs.  

"The end goal is to get many people into world-class recovery and treatment system, reduce drug use and drug related crime – and ultimately save lives."

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