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Council gets £150,000 to help addicts

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council bosses have been given £150,000 to spend on tackling drug and alcohol problems in South Tyneside.

The cash, provided by Public Health England, will help fund a project aiming to help people to overcome dependency.

Coun Fay Cunningham, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said the government funding would be used to create a treatment centre in the borough.

She said: “This money will provide the opportunity to develop a residential facility, which will build on, and enhance, existing recovery work.

“The centre will operate an abstinence-based facility, and we are looking for appropriate venues.”

The funding has been given to the service as part of an £826,000 investment in drug and alcohol recovery initiatives in the North East.

Coun Cunningham added: “We know that there are challenges in South Tyneside.

“The rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions has increased, for instance.

“However, we are committed to working with our alcohol and misuse services to ensure they target the right people at the right time.”

Dr Roberta Marshall, Public Health England’s North-East centre director, said: “The quality and range of applications submitted was impressive.

“The schemes put forward show the passion and creativity the drug and alcohol treatment sector consistently puts into supporting recovery.”

Capital funding payments ranging from £22,660 to £200,000 are also going to projects in County Durham, Newcastle, Hartlepool and South Tyneside.

This is the fourth wave of government capital investment funding to support drug and alcohol recovery.

Initiatives in the North East include a project to develop a one-stop recovery hub in Stockton.

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