More Govt Funding Needed For UK Addiction Services

The UK government has recently made cuts to drug and alcohol services in the area of £62 million, which has had an inevitable effect on the rise of drug and alcohol related deaths in this country.
By: Which Rehab
 
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Jan. 15, 2020 - PRLog -- More people are dying of addiction in the UK than ever before. NHS funded inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation services do not exist. Detox units do exist but these simply dry people out and then send then away. The cause of addiction and research shows many addicts simply use again post detox – without the correct therapy to remain abstinent. Outpatient treatment is also not widely available and is thought to be only applicable for the most extreme or critical cases. And, it's a postcode lottery for treatment also.

The lack of resources provided by UK Government budget cuts have far reaching ramifications. The first step for help is often GPs, who, depending on where you live in the UK, will either provide the first line of treatment by supplying even more medications (the irony isn't lost on us) or refer those to other services. Waiting times for these outpatient addiction services can vary from one week to 4 months. The NHS's funding issues have played a major role in the increase in waiting times, as well as services cuts, causing unneccessary deaths.

Statistics Are Grim Findings

The UK has unfortunately witnessed an almost unheard-of increase in the ratio of drug deaths.

Based on recent findings, England and Wales suffered almost four and a half thousand drug related deaths last year. This amounts to the biggest rise in the number of fatalities since 1993.

The rate of drug poisoning cases for males has grown from 89.6 for every million people in 2017, to 105.4 per million last year, while, the rate of females succumbing to drugs increased to 47.5 for every million in 2018.

Recent research has shown that Scotland now has the highest rate of drug deaths in the European Union. Furthermore, Scotland has had a larger number of drug deaths than the United States, which was thought to be the highest in the world.

The UK government has recently made cuts to drug and alcohol services in the area of £62 million, which has had an inevitable effect on the rise of drug and alcohol related deaths in this country.

England and Wales have seen an almost one in five reduction in funding for community-based drug and alcohol treatment in the past five years. The rate of fatalities associated with addictive substances has reportedly steadily increased annually in that time, and it is only getting worse.

All of this is a direct consequence of NHS addiction funding cuts.

The finding cuts causes increased waiting lists and times. Time is something critically ill addicts don't have. Allied with the fact that the UK has NO public INPATIENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION CENTRES sums up the crisis facing addiction today. And, addiction is getting worse.

More addicts, less funding and no rehabs. A very grave situation in the UK.

What is it going to take for the government and health bodies to wake up to this crisis?

Source: Which Rehab Drug & Alcohol Rehab London

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