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Submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry into public health

The UK Drug Policy Commission broadly welcomes the renewed focus on Public Health and the proposals within the health reforms that place drug misuse and dependence in a Public Health context, recognising the role of inequality and disadvantage, and a range of social, environmental and economic factors in promoting and sustaining poor health outcomes.

We have a number of concerns about the arrangements outlined in the Healthy Lives Healthy People white paper that are being legislated for in the Health and Social Care Bill that specifically relate to the provision of services for people with drug problems.

The white paper and associated documents contain very few references to drug dependence and related services despite the fact that the current drug treatment budget will make up a significant part of the total budget for Public Health (about a quarter of it). Although we recognise the need for flexibility to enable local areas to meet local needs we are concerned that, for a range of reasons that include the widespread stigma attached to drug users even when they are trying to address their problems, there may be significant reduction in investment in drugs interventions.

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Submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry into public health
Publication date 1st June 2011
Categories Prevention and Public Health
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