Calls for inquiry into treatment centres

    The home secretary is to investigate allegations of unauthorised
    drug rehabilitation centres failing to provide proper
    treatment.

    At the second reading of the Drugs Bill, Liberal Democrat MP Brian
    Cotter asked Charles Clarke to look at several drug and alcohol
    treatment centres in his Weston-super-Mare constituency.

    Cotter said: “We are concerned about unrecognised and unauthorised
    rehab centres that promise rehabilitation but do not provide the
    best programmes to achieve it.”

    Clarke said he would read a report by Avon and Somerset police
    about the allegations in the north Somerset area, which has about
    10 per cent of the UK’s rehab beds.

    The report, published last month, revealed that 15 people who were
    not resident in registered rehabilitation centres died of
    drug-related causes between 1 January 2003 and 31 August 2004. The
    report said there were an “unknown number” of unregistered
    establishments that accommodated drug and alcohol misusers.

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