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6 December 2021

With You responds to the new Drugs Strategy

Today the Government published its new Drugs Strategy, including announcing a significant funding package towards prevention and substance misuse treatment.

Commenting on the strategy, Jon Murray, Executive Director at drugs, alcohol and mental health charity With You, said:

‘‘We are pleased to see the Government strengthening its commitment to implementing the Dame Carol Black Review and hope this is a breakthrough moment.

”Additional funding for drug treatment services is vital. Dame Carol Black made a strong ‘invest to save’ case for drug treatment, where every £1 spent on harm reduction and treatment gives a combined return on investment of £4. The additional ring-fenced investment the Government has committed to treatment, housing and support services will make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“We welcome the serious political commitment to investing in treatment and look forward to working collaboratively to address these complex issues with the compassion and support people deserve. Though progress takes time, we hope that this can be the beginning of a new era for the people we work with and the services they need."