MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman launched a new integrated drug addiction service at Solihull Library last Friday to help users get easy access to support and treatment.
SIAS (Solihull Integrated Addiction Service) is a partnership venture between a number of organisations including Welcome, The Bridge, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Str8 Up and the Drug Intervention Programme commissioned by the Solihull Partnership.
It also aims to provide a lifeline to families who may need advice or assistance.
Offering a single point of contact for people with drug problems,
it will help with detoxification and counselling, employment and housing as well as prescribing substitutes for illicit opiates.
The organisation will also give users access to a programme of daytime activities, complementary therapies and support to prevent re-offending for those involved in the criminal justice system.
Mrs Spelman said: “Through my work with Welcome I understand the need for a co-ordinated approach to tackling the problems of drug addiction for the user and their families.”
“I am delighted that so many organisations have come together as partners to offer this new service.”
Dr Sanju George, consultant addiction psychiatrist at The Bridge in Chelmsley Wood, said: “We have succeeded in integrating all our services so that our drug-using clients receive a high quality of care and excellent treatment demonstrated to work.”