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The True Merits of Rehab


Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 The True Merits of Rehab

The chief executive of Drugscope Martin Barnes aruges the merits of rehab. In an article (06 10 08 - The Times). He states, rehab does work. “Get your facts straight: drug treatment is improving lives”.

Melanie Reid had argued in a recent article (03 10 08), “Say no, no, no to the rehab industry”. She also claimed over 150,000 are employed when delivering drug and alcohol services. In actual fact the true number is around 10,000.

Barnes goes on to say that to claim that “harm reduction” has “failed spectacularly” ignores the very real benefits of the approach first initiated under Margaret Thatcher. We have one of the lowest rates of HIV infection among injecting drug users anywhere in the world. Moreover methadone enables many drug users to stabilise their lives, a vital first step in the journey towards ultimately becoming drug free.

Whilst acknowledging where improvements need to be made, the investment in drug treatment continues to improve the lives of tens of thousands of problem drug users and their families.

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