Making the case for drug and alcohol treatment

Collective Voice’s submission to the government’s consultation on the Comprehensive Spending Review makes the case for continued investment in drug and alcohol treatment.  We argue:

  • Drug and alcohol treatment in the UK provides excellent value for money; robust cost benefit research has shown that for every pound spent on providing interventions leads to savings of between £2.50 and £8 depending on the age of the recipient, the complexity of their needs and the substances.
  • Successive government’s investment in drug treatment is responsible for between a quarter and a third in the fall in crime, saves at least 880 lives a year, and has allowed hundreds of thousands of individuals to recover from their addictions.
  • As well as traditional challenges there are clear new ones that the sector is keen to develop responses to. For example, how to improve the longer term recovery outcomes for people with substance misuse conditions – their wider health, their employment prospects, and their social capital. How to better meet the needs of those with multiple and complex needs – working on ways to better integrate with services for homelessness, mental health and offender rehabilitation.

One Response to Making the case for drug and alcohol treatment

  1. Deborah 18/03/2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Collective voice would make effective change by no longer undercutting each other in tenders, or maybe by sharing parts of the country with different providers e.g East Midlands – turning point, London CRI there are plenty of contracts to go round
    Collective voice are a group of powerful business and charity leaders who could make effective change and lobby the government to ring fence substance misuse services. Please remind the government that we are heading for a public health disaster with drug deaths on the rise ,funding needs to be protected Please Collective voice listen to our community we need to be treated as people and not numbers on a spreadsheet, current policy and the refusal to develop a realistic and effective drug policy is reducing effective treatment which in turn is killing people..
    Every individual who is destroyed by addiction is someones son, daughter, mum, dad or something special the impact is devastating!!!!!!
    Put your collective voice to good use

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