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Drug and alcohol team tackle tough job

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Like any large city, Sheffield has people who struggle with drug and alcohol problems and Sheffield’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) help get them the treatment they need quickly and effectively. The team works with the Safer Communities Partnership, which includes the agencies who provide treatment.


In a recent visit, Meg Munn MP was briefed by the DAAT team on the work they do to help those trying to tackle their addiction. The team gave a short presentation and then discussed with Meg the current situation following the government’s drug treatment strategy changes - from ‘get them into treatment and keep them in’ to ‘get them into treatment and get them out drug free’.


Currently only 4.9% of problematic drug users exiting treatment are drug free. With similar statistics in alcohol use, the team at DAAT know they have their work cut out. However, trends at the start of this year are encouraging, and with a number of new schemes more and more people are coming forward for treatment. It is important as research shows that for every 1 spent on drug treatment in Sheffield the city saves 5.48!


Meg commented:


“I applaud the work of DAAT and the dedication the team show in their desire to improve services to people with drug and alcohol problems. They are continuing to develop and improve treatment services, and ensure that those who need treatment get it as quickly, easily and efficiently as possible.”

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Meg with the DAAT team

Meg with the DAAT team

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