What next for NI’ drug crisis

Yesterday Positive Moving On published a report based on twelve months of investigating the current drug crisis in Northern Ireland. Using data available to the public along with talking to drug users and those currently experiencing addiction we found a troubling picture in NI where people are waiting far beyond what they should for treatment and a notable discrepancy between services base on trust area and have been notified that waiting times also vary severely depending on trust with drug users in Belfast waiting up to two years for a prescription that can be obtained by Lisburn residents in a matter of 2/3 months maximum.

Attached is some of what we found out over the last year along with suggestions on how we view the situation should be. They may not be agreeable to all or indeed seem realistic given the lack of finance available as well as a broken government, however, they are a start and no matter what approach is taken next it requires fresh thinking and ideas which will inevitably cost money which will have to be found from somewhere, perhaps it could be paid for out of the £1bn acquired during the conservative deal.

 

 

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