Responding to the new drug strategy published by the Home Office
today (8 December 2010), Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, chair of the
RCPsych's Faculty of Addictions, said:
"There is much to be welcomed in the new drug strategy. In
particular, the Royal College of Psychiatrists applauds the renewed
ambition for people with substance misuse problems to move through
treatment and into sustained recovery, acknowledging that this
journey will be different for each individual. Harm reduction is
rightly seen as a crucial component, as is the focus on children,
families and social reintegration.
"Accessible, high-quality treatment, based on sound evidence is
vital in helping people with substance misuse problems fulfill
their recovery potential. Addiction psychiatrists have a crucial
role to play in leading this ambitious new agenda and look forward
to working closely with Government to implement the key themes.
For further information, please
McLoughlin in the Communications Department.
Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 07738 349070
The drug strategy was unveiled by Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire on 8 December
Note to editors:
A copy of the Drug Strategy can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs/drug-strategy-2010