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New drug and alcohol treatment clinic opened


Hon Annette King
Minister of Health

20 December 2000 Media Statement

Minister opens new drug and alcohol treatment clinic

A new alcohol and drug treatment clinic for people living in the Kapiti area was opened today by Health Minister Annette King in conjunction with the launching of a new national treatment programme.

The clinic is operated by the National Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, which has also developed the treatment programme

"The opening of this clinic reflects the important role drug and alcohol treatment and support services play as part of New Zealand’s health services," said Mrs King. "It is an essential resource for people with alcohol and drug problems, and for their families and whänau, living in the Kapiti area.

"The Government recognises the value of good quality drug and alcohol treatment services, which provide treatment for 30,000 New Zealanders each year. The goal for these services is to support people to regain a fully independent life.

"The level and quality of drug and alcohol treatment services have improved over recent years. However, significant gains are still required to ensure services meet the full range of needs of people who experience mental and psychological distress.

"To this end the Government has committed more than $52 million on drug and alcohol treatment services this year and has signalled an extra $24.5 million for these services over the next four years.

Mrs King commended the NSAD for developing a national treatment programme specifically to complement the health sector changes outlined in the new health legislation and the New Zealand Health Strategy.

"The development of NSAD Care’s new programme is testament to the organisation’s willingness to work in partnership with the Government to achieve improved health for New Zealanders," said Mrs King.


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