Turning Point responds to Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs report on opioid substitution therapy.

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs report “Time Limiting Opioid Substitution Therapy”, Selina Douglas, Managing Director of Substance Misuse and Offending at Turning Point, said: 

“The ACMD’s report raises some very important issues, both about the use of opioid substitutes, and the wider treatment of drug misuse. The Council is right to recognise that methadone and other prescribed substances can form an important part of the treatment process.

“However, the Council’s assertion of the importance of psychosocial interventions and recovery support should be given equal consideration

“The Council concluded that those who misuse drugs have the best chance of recovery if they are helped to build social, personal, health and economic capital. This very much reflects Turning Point’s fifty years’ experience, helping many thousands of individuals deal with substance misuse issues.

“A programme that effectively promotes recovery must have the flexibility to help each individual address the challenges of their own personal circumstances. That approach is the foundation of the services we deliver across the country.”