The council will receive £751,044 to boost the borough's drug and alcohol treatment services as part of a government plan.

The local authority will be handed £717,814 for drug strategy and £33,230 for inpatient detoxification services as part of the 10-year scheme.

The proposals aim to improve the quality and access of drug and alcohol treatment by reducing drug use to a 30-year low.

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The funding will be rolled out in April next year and allow councils to hire more specialist staff to work with patients, support more prison leavers into treatment and recovery services and help reduce crime by increasing the number of people receiving structured drug and alcohol treatment.

Treatment will be available for a range of substances, including heroin, crack, cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis.

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Illegal drug use such as heroin and crack addiction are connected to half of all homicides, and nearly half of all burglaries, robberies and other acquisitive crimes in the UK.

Therefore, the funding is prioritised for areas with the highest need, based on the rate of drug deaths, deprivation, opiate and crack cocaine prevalence and crime, considering of the size of the treatment population.

Cllr Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing at the council, said: “We welcome this much-needed supplementary funding, as substance misuse is still a huge public health issues both nationally and locally.
“Bury Council commissioners are already working with local service providers and partners to confirm plans to build on our existing investment.

"The focus of these plans will be to further increase the number of treatment opportunities, increase the numbers in treatment, improve the support for those in the criminal justice system, increase the workforce capacity and enhance community recovery provision.”

Over the first three years of the scheme, it is estimated the additional investment in treatment and recovery will help prevent nearly 1,000 drug-related deaths nationally in the hopes of reversing the upward trend in drug deaths for the first time in a decade.

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Health Minister Neil O’Brien said: “Drug addiction drives about half of all crimes, so by investing in high quality and greater availability of treatment we can reduce crime rates and save lives.

“We aim to raise the number of people getting drug and alcohol treatment to a record high by investing through the long-term investment we’ve been making over the last three years.

“The allocations will see £267 million go directly to local authorities and their partners to improve services, increase capacity and quality of treatment and recovery systems.”