The government will improve drug treatment in the most deprived areas

  • All local authorities will receive additional funding as part of the Drugs Strategy’s record £780million investment to rebuild the drug treatment and recovery system
  • Additionally, 50 of England’s most deprived areas will receive significantly more funding from 2022 to 2023 to improve their drug and alcohol treatment services.
  • Record levels of funding will help deliver the government’s 10-year strategy to tackle drug-related crime, boost treatment and improve the country
  • Enhance existing Project ADDER sites to increase engagement with rehabilitation, treatment and recovery services

Communities in England most affected by drug-related crime and addiction will receive over £300million in additional funding over the next 3 years to boost treatment and recovery services.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced today (Wednesday April 13) that the first 50 local authorities across England will receive additional funding which will be used to improve access to drug treatment and increasing service capacity. This will help reverse the upward trend in drug use by tackling this major driver of crime that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable and poorest communities.

All of England will benefit from increased funding for its treatment and recovery services, with the top 50 local authorities receiving increased funding from 2022 to 2023.

It is part of the largest ever investment in addiction treatment and recovery services announced in December, with £780m over 3 years on top of that being invested in addiction treatment and recovery. Alcoholism through Public Health Grant – to help drug addicts access treatment and reduce community crime under the new 10-year drug strategy. This is an important step towards realizing the ambitions of the strategy – preventing almost 1,000 drug-related deaths, providing 54,500 new high-quality treatment places and preventing a quarter of a million crimes – and towards the realization of Dame Carol Black’s vision for an addiction treatment and recovery system.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

This is an important step in our commitment to rebuilding the drug treatment system, saving lives and improving the country.

We are investing a record amount in treatment services and ensuring some of England’s most deprived areas are frontline for this funding, to support the most vulnerable by reducing drug use.

Treatment is just one part of our broader strategy to better rehabilitate drug users – whether that means helping people find jobs, creating stable housing or reducing supply.

Local authorities first assessed as having the greatest need to tackle illicit drugs and the misery they cause include areas of County Durham, Leeds, Birmingham and Devon.

Kit Malthouse, Minister for Drugs, said:

Along with personal misery and degradation, drugs cause almost half of all burglaries and thefts, and drive violence and murder in too many neighborhoods.

We must continue to focus on the Prime Minister’s overall goal of reducing the crime that plagues our cities and towns, and the best way to do that is to work together to reduce homelessness, drug use and deaths due to drugs. We will build on our work in current Project ADDER locations, adding even more leverage to existing sites to accelerate the recovery of addicts and their neighbours.

Lady Carol Black said:

Drug abuse causes enormous human tragedy – for individuals, their families and their communities. This new government investment will transform substance abuse services, providing people with high-quality treatment and recovery support.

It is encouraging to see that in addition to additional funding for all local authorities, the 50 most needy authorities will receive additional funding to support their treatment programmes. This is essential to replenish the treatment and recovery workforce and help reduce the harm caused by drug abuse in our most deprived areas.

In addition, the government has established plans for more intensive oversight by the criminal justice system through the enhancement of Project ADDER.

Launched in November 2020, Project ADDER is already delivering a comprehensive systems approach to tackling drug abuse in 13 of the hardest-hit local authorities in England and Wales – linking application, treatment and recovery. The program has already shown signs of success, contributing to 600 organized crime disruptions, 10,500 arrests and 13,400 drug treatment interventions by outreach workers. This innovative approach involves working collaboratively with local partners to improve the program to ensure that treatment, housing and employment support are as integrated as possible around people with opioid and drug addiction. crack.

Building on the success of the program to date, a coordinated package of support will be provided to every opiate and crack user in ADDER areas in England, supported by incentives and consequences within the criminal justice system to increase engagement in rehabilitation, treatment and recovery services. New plans mean those involved in crime will be monitored more closely by the criminal justice system. For example, offenders who commit neighborhood crimes (burglary, robbery, theft of person and theft of vehicle) will be subject to joint probation and police supervision with increased frequency of contact with the offender and better sharing information between organizations to monitor compliance.

Packages include:

  • pilot local drug partnerships that aim to ensure that every opiate and crack user is offered drug treatment support, housing, education and employment support
  • avoid a “cliff edge” and support the end when offenders leave legal probation supervision to ensure they receive continued help
  • test the coordination of all local services around the individual drug user
  • integrate prolific offenders into local Integrated Offender Management programs to provide increased levels of supervision and rehabilitation support in line with the Integrated Offender Management strategy to reduce crime in the neighborhood
  • take a tougher approach to drug-related recidivism, including making greater use of community sentences with stronger drug rehabilitation requirements, drug testing and electronic monitoring options available

Background information

The whole of England will benefit from increased funding for its treatment and recovery services, with the first 50 local authorities receiving boosted funding in the financial year 2022 to 2023. The second tranche of boosted funding for the next 50 authorities local will follow in 2023. to 2024 and the third will be in 2024 to 2025.

Each territory will also benefit from support towards employment in addition to clinical care, with additional funding over the next 3 years to boost the individual integration and support program. This is already available in 45 local authorities and will be extended alongside this new investment.

The government will also develop a new set of local and national results frameworks to measure progress against key strategic objectives through which government and public services can be held accountable at national and local levels.

See the list of eligible local authorities and the distribution of funding.

The drug strategy was released in December 2021.


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