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Posted on: 18th July 2017

Publication of the 2017 Drug Strategy

Open Road welcomes the publication of the long awaited new Drug Strategy, which was launched Wednesday 12 July 2017, by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Recovery remains at the strategy’s heart. However, it also commits to tackling drug-related deaths and places greater emphasis on harm reduction and evidence-based treatment options. 

The report recognises that we have an increasingly ageing and vulnerable cohort of service users requiring treatment that meets their individual needs.

Open Road welcomes the inclusion of a targeted approach for evolving and emerging drug trends including image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), misuse of prescribed medication and new psychoactive substances.

The publication of the strategy is accompanied by the Department of Health’s new clinical guidelines for the management and treatment of drug dependence. Open Road feels that this emphasises the strategy’s clear commitment to deliver effective and evidence based treatment.

For more information, please contact: 

Joni Thompson Clinical and Business Development Director
Telephone: 01206 369782

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.