Partnership saves millions of pounds over last decade

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A partnership between the NHS and a charity has helped to save and improve lives while saving taxpayers millions of pounds.

Figures from the National Treatment Agency show that the partnership between the Substance Misuse Services at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and charity The Alcohol and Drug Service has saved more than £50 million over the last 10 years.

The partnership promotes recovery in people with drug and alcohol problems, supporting 1,450 people at any one time.

Tim Young, chief executive at The Alcohol and Drug Service, said: “The vast majority of us, whether we are aware of it or not, know someone who drinks too much and someone who uses, or has used illegal drugs.”