|Title:||Putting Full Recovery First:
Redrawing the Drug Strategy Roadmap
|Date:||Thursday 14th June 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
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|Nicola Singleton, Director of Policy & Strategy, UK Drugs Policy Commission|
|Alan Hopley, Addaction|
|Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Action on Addiction|
|Martin Barnes, Chief Executive, Drugscope|
|Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, Divisional Commander, Brighton & Hove Division, Sussex Police|
Drug dependency is a complex health disorder with social causes and consequences. Recovery from drug dependency can be a long-term process which typically follows a pattern of lapse, relapse and repeated attempts at treatment before sustained recovery can be achieved. Drug treatment keeps people alive by preventing overdose and the spread of blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.
In December 2010 the Government published its new Drug Strategy, ‘Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery: Supporting People to Live a Drug Free Life’, which set out a radically different approach to tackling drugs and the problems they create for society. The strategy outlines a vision for effective prevention, robust enforcement and a full recovery-oriented treatment system.
In March 2012, the Home Office published ‘Putting Full Recovery First’, outlining their roadmap for building a new treatment system based on commitments made in the Drug Strategy.
Against this background, according to the British Crime Survey (BCS) the proportion of young people who have used cannabis in the past year continues to decline from a peak in 1998, whilst use of class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin have declined to a lesser degree. Recent figures from the National Treatment Agency indicate that heroin and crack cocaine are mostly confined to older users. National Health Service surveys also suggest that fewer schoolchildren aged between 11 and 15 are affected by drugs – in 2010 only 18% said they had ever used drugs, an 11% reduction from 2001.
Nevertheless, England still has comparatively high numbers of people experiencing drug problems in the Western world, though it also has one of the highest proportions of these people in treatment, leading the way internationally on drug treatment outcomes work.
This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local drug action teams, health and social care services, NHS and public health specialists and Third Sector practitioners to discuss the latest Government strategy to enable individuals to become free from their dependence, recover fully and live meaningful lives.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Putting Full Recovery First – Building a New Drug Treatment System
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
The Next Steps – Effective Prevention, Robust Enforcement and a Full Recovery-Oriented Treatment System
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
“ …Putting Full Recovery First, outlines the Government’s roadmap for building a new treatment system based on recovery, guided by three overarching principles– wellbeing, citizenship, and freedom from dependence.
…We do not underestimate the scale of the transformation from a system that has concentrated on engaging and retaining people in treatment to one that is capable of delivering recovery outcomes.
Our ultimate goal is to enable individuals to become free from their dependence, to recover fully and live meaningful lives. ”
— Lord Henley, Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs, 14 March 2012