Get off habit or lose help - message to drug addicts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 October 2010

PEOPLE being treated for drug addiction may lose their help if they fail to make progress getting rid of their habit.

The coalition Government has announced plans to introduce a new Payment By Results model (PBR) for treatment and rehabilitation centres.

The plan is designed to prevent addicts from dropping off their treatment programmes.

It will mean centres will have a greater incentive to keep track of addicts, re-engage with them if they drop out and improve care.

Weston MP John Penrose has worked with police and health services to tackle drug and crime issues in the town for several years.

This week, he welcomed the plan and said: “The new system could be just what Weston needs.

“Obviously it’s important that it’s designed correctly so that if an addict drops out or fails to complete their treatment they aren’t simply abandoned in favour of someone who might be easier to treat.

“It might not have all the answers, but it’s definitely better that the previous system and could do much to help solve Weston’s problems with drugs and crime for good.”

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