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Letters New UK drug strategy

Bleak outlook for community substance misuse services

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 29 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4403
  1. Joss Bray, substance misuse specialist doctor
  1. Alnwick NE66 2HS, UK
  1. jossbray{at}

The UK government’s drug strategy for 2017 effectively announces the end of community substance misuse services.1 The grant from Public Health England to local authorities to commission these services is labelled as being “ring fenced.” But when local authorities are not legally required to provide services, ring fencing seems to disappear, and funding cuts of a …

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