Drug and alcohol treatment is ‘rapid’

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Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Community Safety, met with Borders Drug and Alcohol service managers and service users this week as part of a programme of introductory visits across Scotland to gain an understanding of the role of stakeholders and Alcohol & Drug Partnerships, their priorities, and to hear directly from people in support services.

The minister heard a presentation from partnership strategic coordinator Fiona Doig on the work of the partnership which is responsible for tackling drug and alcohol problems in the Borders.

Fiona pointed out that access to treatment is rapid in the area with 95% of adults referred for alcohol and drugs starting treatment within three weeks during 2014-15.

Community Safety Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Borders ADP has an excellent reputation for delivery.

“This was a fascinating visit during which I was able to hear about the work local services are doing to assist service users on their recovery journey. “