Justifying The Effectiveness and Quality of Substance Misuse Services Has Never Been More Necessary.

There is currently a very prominent debate regarding the reduction in funding for substance misuse services and rightly so. The emphasis on ensuring we are competent and thoughtful guardians of funding, and that we properly benefit service users has never been more important.

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Preventing Drug Related Deaths - NHS SMPA Conference 2017

In Manchester today we see the culmination of a number of months work where the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHSSMPA) formally launches itself as a collective of NHS drug and treatment providers working together in an effort to share the expertise and innovation we have to the broader sector.

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Improving Clinical Responses to Drug-Related Deaths – A Collective Voice and NHS Substance Misuse Providers Collaboration (NHS SMPA)

For the last three years drug related deaths in the UK have increased. They are now at the highest levels since records began in 1993, meaning more lives are cut short and denied the opportunity to realise a brighter future. Every effort has to be made by all stakeholders to do all they can to change this statistic, and this will involve action in all contexts in which drugs are used and among all drug users.

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A thought provoking letter…

I am sure you know the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Two weavers promise him a new suit that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When he parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they don’t see any suit of clothes on him for fear that this is how they will be seen. Arguably this is how the treatment field has been treating recovery.

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