General Article Residential addiction services in England cut by third ...

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...amid drug overdose and funding crisis, figures show

‘Considering that there is a crisis of drug related deaths in this country, these figures could not be more shocking.’

By Alex Matthews-King

The number of live-in drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in England has fallen by one-third in six years, according to a new analysis which reveals the damaging toll of austerity cuts as drug deaths soar.

There were 195 residential rehabilitation and detox services registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England in 2013, but by 2019 this had fallen to just 132 active centres.

Rehabilitation centres are typically run by charities or private companies, but many rely on councils to fund placements for people with addiction issues.

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