Hackney gets funding to support drug and alcohol recovery

The Government has confirmed this week that Hackney is one of eight new pilot areas to receive funding for a project to reduce personal and societal harm caused by substance misuse.

The pilot is part of Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery), which was launched by the Home Office to tackle drug use and dependency. Through Project ADDER the Council are working with a number of agencies and charities to provide education and support to people affected by drug use and find a route out of dependency that is right for them.

The pilot has granted almost £1million to expand and develop health and support services to tackle substance misuse. Hackney is partnering with Tower Hamlets Council and the Police, who have each received similar funding from the programme, in order to deliver a comprehensive approach to reducing harms arising from substance misuse across the local area.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure
We very much welcome this funding boost to help us tackle drug-related deaths and help us reduce the harm caused by the supply and use of drugs in our community.

This funding will help us support people into drug treatment and recovery programmes, targeting one of the core problems of anti-social behaviour locally. The programme means we can make a real difference to the lives of those who are victims of the effects of drugs in our community.
Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure

The other pilot areas are in Blackpool, Hastings, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Newcastle Swansea Bay, Bristol, Wakefield, Liverpool, Knowsley and the Wirral. Find out more about the pilot on the government website.

Find out more about Drug and Alcohol misuse service in Hackney on the Council website.