PLAYING THE BLAME GAME
Public apathy supported by politicians Reason 3
In an UK town where 12 people died between December 2017 and April 2018, the County Council has reduced its spending on treatment services by a third in the past four years.
The deputy council leader responsible for drug and alcohol service delivery was asked to comment-
He blamed the public voters: "I've never had a voter come up to me and say we should spend more money on drug treatment services," the council's deputy leader stated
This deputy council leader who is also the County Council Network spokesman for public health said the 37 councils he represents are struggling under the government's austerity programme.
He continued to blame others: "We have to make really difficult choices when it comes to spending money on the services people really want, which is made harder when the government takes £200m out of the public health budget in just one year," he said.
"It's too simplistic to say cuts in spending are causing more deaths, but I do feel that years of government austerity have left a void, that has been filled in some communities by drugs and alcohol."
It is clear that between general public opinion, council attitudes and lack of funding drug and alcohol treatment is staring into the abyss.