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Dear Mr Perrott,
Thank you for your further email of 6 August about the treatment for involuntary addiction. I have been asked to reply.
Whilst there are some good specialist services to support recovery from prescription and over-the-counter drug dependence in some areas the Department of Health knows that other areas provide very little. The Department is working to support local areas better understand the level of need and develop services to meet it.
The Department has already provided specific data to local areas to support service planning for addiction to medicines, guidance on access to non-pharmacological treatment and collated information on best practice. Furthermore, the Royal College of General Practitioners has delivered national training on this issue at its conference held on 11 and12 May 2012.
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health