Turning Point responds to the Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Policy report

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Policy report Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services said;

"We agree that more needs to be done to address the cycle of drug addiction in the UK. From our experience at Turning Point we know that that successful treatment starts with being there at the right time and providing support when the individual is ready to take the first step towards recovery.

The report's focus on legal highs is important; we are seeing an increase in this type of drug use and have developed bespoke packages of care for legal highs. The Committee also highlighted the need for those dependent on drugs, and those in prison treatment, to have immediate access to treatment on release. To see better rates of rehabilitation the government needs to ensure there is better support in the community following prison particularly in relation to housing, education, training and employment. Only with this level of support will we be able to reduce the number of repeat offenders."