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City council awarded over £5million to develop substance misuse services

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2022

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated £5,330,412 over the next three years to develop substance misuse services in the city.

The funding has been awarded by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities to invest in treatment in support of the new National Drugs Strategy: “From Harm to Hope”. The funding comes as drug related deaths are at a record high across the country and the new drug strategy aims to cut crime, save lives, reduce supply and demand of drugs, and deliver a high-quality treatment and recovery system.

Reducing drug and alcohol misuse is also one of the priorities in the city council’s new Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The strategy is the city’s plan for reducing health inequalities and improving health and wellbeing for residents of all ages.

Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Public Health said: “It is fantastic news that we are being allocated this funding to further develop our substance misuse services. As a city council we want to support our residents to live their lives well and to improve health outcomes in the city.

“This is a great opportunity for us to work with our partners, including the NHS, emergency services and the voluntary sector, as well as people with lived experience of substance misuse. It will help us to further develop our local drug and alcohol services to reduce the harm to individuals, families and communities in our city.

“This funding will enable us to provide local people with earlier and better treatment, and wraparound support to help them to turn their lives around.”