Action on Addiction responds to Professor Black’s report on drugs in the UK
ACTION ON ADDICTION RESPONDS TO PROFESSOR BLACK’S REPORT ON DRUGS IN UK
Responding to Dame Carol Black’s review of what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs can cause, Graham Beech, Action on Addiction Chief Executive said:
“Professor Black’s report is a hugely important reminder that at a time when accessibility to drugs across our towns and cities is increasing, access to treatment for addiction is in declining at an alarming rate.
Current levels of accessibility are deeply concerning.
We know that the ease at which people are able to access substances is in direct contrast to the difficulties people face in getting access to the treatment they need for addiction. Whilst it is relatively easy to obtain anything from cocaine to heroin within minutes at affordable rates, many of the people we work with describe a feeling of being trapped in a cycle of addiction, which they find hugely difficult to break free from.
Experience shows that with the right treatment and support, people can move their lives on in recovery from addiction, and today’s report provides an opportunity to reassess how we best intervene to help individuals and families affected by addiction, and to make sure to the benefit of neighbourhoods and communities.”