New rehabilitation centres needed for drug and alcohol abuse

Some patients forced to wait six months for help, Dai Lloyd warns00_Dai_Lloyd_AC.jpg

Plaid Cymru has called for action as hundreds of patients in Wales are made to wait up to six months for treatment for drug and alcohol misuse.

The party’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Services and Public Health Dai Lloyd said that last year more than 350 patients were made to wait between three to six months for treatment, and called for a network of residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities to be established in all parts of Wales so that vulnerable patients can get access to care immediately.

Dai Lloyd said that whilst the Welsh Government’s drug strategy had had some impact on figures over recent years, much more needed to be done to tackle the problem of problematic substance use and protect the public from the effects.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Services and Public Health Dai Lloyd said:

“Patients seeking support for substance misuse are often at their lowest points and they need immediate help. But more than 350 patients in Wales last year were made to wait up to six months for treatment. It’s just not good enough.

“There has been some progress in this field over recent years but still there are hundreds of patients being left in limbo as they await help and we need to improve the support we offer them. Plaid Cymru wants to see a network of residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities to be established in all parts of Wales so that vulnerable patients can get access to care immediately.

“We also need to adopt a harm reduction approach to stop the number of drug related deaths and hospital admissions which has risen over recent years. This would include introducing safe injecting areas which has been proposed by Plaid Cymru Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones.

“We know that substance misuse is a huge problem on our streets, and Plaid Cymru know that there is much more that the Labour government could be doing to tackle the problem, help those who need it, and make our streets safer.”

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