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Trying to develop an integrated solution

Every Drug Strategy since John Major’s government has acknowledged that tackling drug dependence in isolation – without engaging with mental ill health, homelessness, offending and lack of employment – is at best a job half done and has the potential to completely undermine the effectiveness of treatment.

In May 2017, MEAM is bringing together practitioners from its 4 sectors to hold a summit over 2 days, to identify how we can collectively organise to better deliver integrated services, which make a real difference and gain political traction for multiple disadvantage.  The event is called a “summit” to reflect MEAM’s commitment to grassroots experience & expertise.  Consistent with this there will be opportunity for participants to shape the programme. 50 spaces have been set aside for the substance misuse sector to ensure that our perspective is fully reflected at the event, and in its outcomes.
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Homeless Link:  Help Shape the Future: Multiple Needs Summit 8-9 May 2017 in Milton Keynes

MEAM Coalition

Evidence review on drug misuse treatment published

New plans to tackle harm caused by substance misuse launched

Tackling problem drug use

Europe's cities offer valuable observation window on new drug trends

CSJ:  Charities warn against drug legalisation on eve of Clegg announcement

£50m to tackle substance misuse in Wales in 2015-16

New report sees progress being made in tackling substance misuse

IPCC investigation into death of man in Aberdare after being stopped by police

Headshops closed and offenders arrested after 'legal highs' ban

LGA responds to drug misuse death stats

LGA:  New ban on 'legal highs' which devastate lives backed by councils

Adult heroin user recovery remains a challenge in England

Government must focus support on people with complex needs

New guidance to treat people who have both a mental health and substance misuse problem in Wales

‘SORTED’ providing excellent support for young people and community

Family Drug & Alcohol Court to extend nationwide

On-demand webinar: How AI is helping Telford and Wrekin council answer 95% of queries