MORE than £150,000 additional funding has been awarded to tackle drug misuse in the Solihull borough.
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse has given Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS) £155,459 after the group made a bid to extend two adjoining buildings in Chelmsley Wood which house the borough’s adult drug treatment services.
The money will be used to create a reception space to unite a range of services under one roof.
It will offer people with addictions counselling, advice, help with employment, housing and treatment at a single location.
It is hoped that the new facility will encourage more people to take up the treatment services available.
Joanne Mackinnon, chief executive of the Welcome charity, which is part of SIAS, explained: “It can be daunting for drug users to enter treatment for the first time.
“If they come into a more welcoming environment with the right people on the front line then they are more likely to stay in treatment.”
Investment in drug treatment is proven to be hugely cost-effective and brings substantial benefits to the wider community. “
According to the Department of Health, for every £1 spent on drug treatment, at least £9.50 is saved in crime and health costs.
If you, or someone you know, has any problem with drugs, you can call the helpline on 0121 678 4370.