8:00am Saturday 30th March 2013
THURROCK is among the best in the UK at helping people with drug and alcohol problems.
Its Drug Alcohol and Action Team (DAAT) is led by Thurrock Council, but draws together Thurrock Open Access Substance Information Service and the Thurrock Community Drug and Alcohol Service.
In the year up to December 2012, data from the National Treatment Agency showed Thurrock DAAT was the most successful of 149 similar organisations.
The team treats around 500 clients at any one time, with 78 per cent going on to complete successfully, 30 per cent more than the national average. The number of those successfully treated in Thurrock is up by 11 per cent in the last year.
Jim Nicholson, community protection manager at Thurrock Council, said: “We work very hard to give the best possible treatment to clients. We also work hard with clients to ensure the treatment they are getting works with them.”
Cllr Angie Gaywood, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “It is now for the rest of the country to catch up and match our performance in helping some of the most vulnerable people is our society.
“It’s good to know the evil of drug and alcohol abuse is being tackled effectively here.”
Call the Thurrock team on 0800 6335202.
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