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£28 million boost for drug treatment and rehab services in Scotland

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A £28 million boost for drug treatment and rehab services in Scotland will see health boards receive a 13.5% increase in funding, community safety minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

Mr Ewing said that voluntary organisations are a prime target for the extra cash, which is intended to help those who need treatment to get it as quickly as possible.

The increase was made possible by a decision to reduce spending on national projects in order to maximise the amount of money available for frontline drug services.

Mr Ewing said: "We want recovery to be the aim of all drug treatment and rehab services, and we all want to see a wider range of services in place than there has been in the past."

He also announced that £938,000 has been earmarked for a new drug treatment and rehab facility in Aberdeen. This will bring together professionals to offer services and treatment that best match the needs of individuals.

"This is about more than a building, impressive as the plans are. It's about offering hope for troubled lives and directions towards a road to recovery," he said.

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