HC Deb 15 January 2003 vol 397 c678W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department defines treatment for heroin misusers. [90557]

Ms Blears

The recently published models of care document, which has the status of a national service framework for substance misuse, defines treatment for heroin users as follows:

Drug treatment needs to be comprehensive and multifaceted. Local specialist substance misuse treatment systems need to include a range of interventions, including advice and information, harm reduction, structured programmes of psychological therapies in conjunction with substitute prescribing where appropriate and residential provision. There should be a range of interventions and a range of treatment philosophies.

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