Glasgow agencies respond to spiralling drug problems

Around £1.5 million per year is to be invested in support
services to those suffering from chronic addiction difficulties in
Glasgow as a result of a joint initiative between social work,
health and housing.

Following a review of the city’s controversial methadone
programme, the scheme is to be extended to an additional 3,000
people per year, almost double the existing total.

Greater Glasgow Health Board along with the social services and
housing departments of the city council are to invest in new
support services to help people break the cycle of dependence. The
move follows criticism from Glasgow councillors that the methadone
scheme sustained addiction.

Details of the services have yet to be finalised but the
majority of the funding, £1.3 million, is to be provided by
the health board.

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