New funding to tackle drug misuse ‘a drop in the ocean’, say experts

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Government announces £80m for treatment including rollout of overdose medicine naloxone

The government has announced a package of funding to tackle drug misuse including £80m for treatment services, although experts have said the investment is “a drop in the ocean” compared with cuts suffered by the sector in the last 10 years.

The funding will go to drug treatment services across England, increasing the number of places for prison leavers and offenders on community sentences, funding additional detox beds, and a rollout of the lifesaving overdose medicine naloxone, the government said.

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