October 30, 2020
New addiction strategy should include gambling – Flynn

Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has said while the new consultation on a substance misuse strategy is welcome, dual diagnoses and gambling addictions should have been included. 

The West Belfast MLA said: 

“Alcohol and drug addiction affects so many people and communities across the north and it is vital that the new strategy does not lose sight that behind every addiction is a person and community suffering.

“There are some concerns that the Department have lacked ambition to ensure the strategy covers gambling addictions and providing ‘dual-diagnosis’ services for treating mental health and addictions together.

“Sinn Féin will be submitting a detailed response to the consultation and would encourage others to make their voice heard. 

“The Department of Health must ensure that efforts are made to ensure there is co-production and proper public consultation with the public despite the COVID19 restrictions.”

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