Our Chair, Yasmin Batliwala, comments in The Observer re the success of WDP's outreach work and how funding cuts are the largest threat to drug treatment recovery outcomes.
"Yasmin Batliwala, WDP’s chair, said it had reached hundreds of City employees this year using such programmes, and that this summer it had also established a support group tailored towards LGBT workers.
She agreed that a “risk-taking culture” in the City was a factor: “People do work longer hours and the idea of people working hard and playing hard is actually very true. Recreational use of drugs like cocaine is certainly an issue, although I can also say that we have had a lot of success in terms of our outreach work.”
But she added: “The funding cuts are the biggest single threat to drug treatment recovery outcomes. The government’s drugs strategy may have all the best rhetoric but it is not particularly imaginative and is somewhat behind other countries in terms of moving forward with things like harm reduction. The funding for UK services still tends to be all about recovery.”"