Phoenix Futures responds to the Dame Carol Black Report - Review of drugs phase one
We thank Dame Carol Black and her team for such a detailed and frank report.
Those of working the treatment sector are acutely aware of the picture she describes. Reduced funding making it difficult to reach the people that need our help when they need it. People feeling increasingly isolated and desperate for help but not knowing how they can get it.
Drug use costs the country £20bn a year and only a mere £600m of that is in treatment. We think that makes no sense. Communities across the country deserve better.
People are paying the ultimate price of this public health crisis with their lives.
People who die from their drug use are people with mental health issues, they are homeless, they have experience sexual abuse or violence. They are people that need society’s care and support and we are currently letting them down.
We welcome Dame Carol Black’s recommendations; more money should be targeted at services and treatment that we know saves lives, Government should take a leadership role and ensure everyone regardless of where they live can access the same level of healthcare.
At Phoenix we particularly welcome Dame Carol Black’s recognition of the important role psychosocial treatment plays in supporting people in addiction. Phoenix are experts in psychosocial drug treatment services, we support people to address the issues that led to their addiction and to support them to develop the tools and skills to live a life free of dependency.
Dame Carol Black’s report was commissioned by the Government and is the latest in a series of reports that highlight the need for greater investment and leadership in this vital area of public health.
We thank Dame Carol Black and her team and hope that this time the Government listen to their own advisor.