Turning Point responds to Public Health England report ‘Drug treatment in England 2012-13’

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to the annual report, Drug treatment in England 2012-13, released by Public Health England today, Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Substance Misuse and Offending at Turning Point said;

"It is good to see that the overall number of people in treatment continued to fall in 2012 and 2013, and as we're seeing in our services across the country, so has the number of people starting treatment for heroin and crack cocaine.

However, we need to remember that the substance misuse field is not static. While the sector has certainly become more successful in engaging individuals' with more traditional opiate based issues such as heroin abuse, we must not ignore the fact that it is not uncommon for an individual who has overcome their dependency on heroin to substitute their addiction with alcohol.

With this in mind Turning Point works to ensure we deliver a rounded package of care. We cannot simply discharge people when they are free of class A drugs but instead we must consider their wider addiction, health and social care needs in order to see continued and sustained recovery."