Knowsley is one of 50 local authorities that has received a share of £780m of funding over three years to create a safer, healthier and more productive society.
National and local partners will now focus on delivering three strategic priorities:
- Breaking drug supply chains
- Delivering a world-class treatment and recovery system
- Achieving a shift in the demand for recreational drugs
A place-based drug strategy is now being developed to ensure the funding is aligned to local need which will include improving access to drug and alcohol treatment services and making further improvements to integration with physical and mental healthcare services, education, and the criminal justice system.
The investment is part of the Government’s 10-year strategy to tackle drug crime, boost treatment capacity and level up the country.
Research shows there are clear links with chronic drug dependence and crimes such as burglary, theft and violence. Key to addressing this is identifying and supporting those who are dependent on drugs which will benefit the individual and the wider community.
This latest funding complements Project ADDER, launched in November 2020, which is tackling drugs misuse through enforcement, treatment, and recovery.