Mothers and sex workers lack access to drug services

Women with children and sex workers who misuse drugs lack access
to appropriate services, Home Office minister Caroline Flint said
today, writes Maria Ahmed.

Speaking at the National Treatment Agency annual conference in
London, Flint said that while 90 per cent of women involved in
prostitution were Class A drug users, they experienced poor access
to services.

She called for more fast track referral schemes for sex workers
who would normally be arrested instead of getting access to

Flint also said women who misused drugs should be given more
support with looking after their children while going through

The minister also highlighted the need for more early
intervention for young people at risk of drug misuse including
children with parents who misuse drugs, looked after children and
young offenders as part of the national drug strategy.


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