Access all areas: equality and diversity in drug and alcohol treatment - new challenges for services?
Drug services have traditionally been configured towards heroin and crack users but it is clear that this population is in decline. Yet the UK’s drug problem is far from over and there is a still a huge unmet need for alcohol treatment.
In fact the drug scene is getting more fractured and complex: there are groups whose needs are not being met while at the same time, their profile is growing.
This year’s conference is a unique opportunity for a wide-ranging discussion and debate about tackling the treatment access issues of under-represented groups from those in the LGBT community and those using performance-enhancing drugs to military veterans. To what extent will services need to be recalibrated to address the challenges ahead?
And with a General Election in 2015, we will be inviting representatives from major political think tanks to give contrasting views on the future direction of drug policy.
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