A major new report over the UK's drug and alcohol use shows the "stark reality" of addiction, the chairwoman of the Centre of Social Justice review said today.
Noreen Oliver added:
Despite some slow progress in this last three years, much more needs to be done to tackle the root causes of addiction so that people have a better chance of breaking free.
Alcohol is taking an increasing toll across all services in the UK and new emerging drugs are causing more harm - all the while funding to rehabilitation centres is being dramatically cut and methadone prescribing is being protected.
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