Cole-Hamilton: Drug and alcohol service cuts need to be reversed

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the government to reverse its 20% cut to drug and alcohol services after new figures showed nearly nine in ten of those trying to quit or decrease use of illicit drugs did so without support.

Statistics released today as part of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2014/15 showed 87.4% of those who had tried in the last month to cut down on their most often used drug did so without benefiting from any support services.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“These figures show that more needs to be done to support vulnerable users.

“Those attempting to recover from drug misuse must be able to access assistance that will increase the chance of their succeeding. But the 20% cut to drug and alcohol services this year shows the Scottish Government’s actions don’t match its rhetoric.

“The Scottish Government needs to reverse this cut and ensure those who need help know that options are available to them and can access treatment that will enable them to get back on track.”

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