People experiencing social exclusion are more likely to develop drug problems. A drug problem can also be a quick route into poverty and marginalisation. And people in drug treatment often face formidable barriers when they try to access social capital, such as secure housing, training and education and employment.
DrugScope has welcomed the increased focus on 'social (re)integration' as a key component of drug policy. We are concerned that political debate and public policy does not underestimate the barriers to inclusion that people in drug treatment can face, including experience of stigma and discrimination.
Making Every Adult Matter - campaigning for the most marginalised
DrugScope has joined together with Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind under the banner Making Every Adult Matter to bring adults with complex needs in from the margins and into the mainstream. With funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation this alliance is a powerful coalition for change, which can improve the way our sectors work together, catalyse policy debate and improve the lives of the most marginal.