Hull is set at over £1million to tackle drug addiction after the city was deemed ‘high need’


Hull has been classified as having a high level of need to tackle drug and alcohol addiction and is set to receive over £1million in government funding.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that 50 local authorities, including Hull City Council, will receive a share of funding to strengthen drug strategies. East Riding Council is set to receive £264,571 as well as £30,747 to treat drug addicts it is already helping as part of its drug and alcohol addiction efforts.

It comes as the DHSC unveiled £85.7million in additional grants in April to addictions counseling over the next 12 months. Increased funding is going to the 50 most needy areas to help them reduce drug-related deaths, tackle deprivation, tackle opiate and crack cocaine prevalence, and tackle related crime.

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A further £15.5million is also set to be invested in Project ADDER, Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery, the government’s program to combat drug abuse. The funding comes on top of a total of £780m allocated to rebuilding England’s drug treatment and recovery system.

The funding covers the next three years and aims to help people access treatment and reduce crime as part of the government’s strategy to strengthen drug prevention. Hull is set at £100,278 for his inpatient detox stipend on top of the more than £1.08million he receives for his drugs strategy.

Funding is part of national efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse

The East Riding is not classified as a high-needs area, but is still awaiting funding. It follows an independent review by Cambridge-based academic and former government adviser Dame Carol Black, who said funding cuts have left drug treatment systems on their knees.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the funding would help save lives and improve the country. The Secretary of State said: “We are investing a record amount in treatment services and ensuring that some of the most deprived areas of England are frontline for this funding, to support the most vulnerable by reducing the drug use.

“Treatment is just one part of our far-reaching strategy to better rehabilitate drug addicts, whether that means helping people find jobs, creating a stable home or cutting the supply .” Nuno Albuquerque, from the private rehabilitation company UK Addiction Treatment Group (UKAT), said immediate therapy and treatment would also be needed to wean off long-term substance users.

The chief treatment consultant said: “The immediate additional funding for drug and alcohol treatment services in Hull is of course welcome, but we hope it’s not all smoke and mirrors.This money needs to be spent wisely by the advice here and with the addict in mind.

“There’s no point in spending money to detox people from drugs only to leave them alone right after. Their bodies won’t be addicted, but their minds will.”

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