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Drug and alcohol services for young people cut by £26m in six years

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 28 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n817
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Thousands of young people with drug and alcohol problems are missing out on specialist help because of £26m (€30m; $36m) (37%) worth of cuts to youth addiction services in England in real terms between 2013-14 and 2019-20, psychiatrists have warned.

An analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that eight of the nine regions in England made real terms cuts, with services in the north west (£9.3m), the west Midlands (£7.6m), and London (£4.6m) hit hardest.

The number of young people accessing treatment in England has …

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