Drugs: Misuse

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Ronnie Cowan Ronnie Cowan Scottish National Party, Inverclyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle drug addiction.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with the Department of Health and other government departments to support the Drug Strategy and its ambition for recovery by enhancing treatment quality and improving outcomes through tailored interventions for different user groups. The Drug Strategy is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-strategy-2017

PHE will support local areas to ensure the right interventions are given to people according to their needs. PHE will also support local areas to deliver an enhanced joined-up approach to commissioning and delivery of the wide range of services, in addition to treatment, that are essential to supporting every individual to live a life free from drugs and dependence.

We know recovery is only achievable through a partnership-based approach with action taken across a range of services, particularly housing, employment and mental health.

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