Tony visited Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) in Oldham on Friday 14 December to see how they work with people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
The Commissioner met with staff and discussed how ADS, as a charity specialising in alcohol and drug misuse treatment, works with offenders to treat their addictions and support other parts of their lives including housing and employment. Through such direct intervention ADS is able to work towards cutting re-offending and help former offenders rehabilitate back into their communities.
Tony said: “Drug and alcohol abuse are major drivers of crime. Cutting offending and re-offending is a high priority for people in Greater Manchester, so we have to work to deal effectively with people involved with drugs and alcohol. Services like ADS Oldham highlight the problems of substance misuse as well as tackling the difficult situations offenders find themselves in and helping them rehabilitate back into their communities.
“ADS is a great charity that champions worthwhile causes and directly contributes to improving communities and cutting re-offending across Greater Manchester.”
ADS Oldham Drug Intervention Programme (ODIP) works with both males and females aged 18yrs and over. Clients must have a criminal justice background and have a specified substance misuse problem. The three main referral pathways into ODIP are; test on arrest (where clients give a positive Mandatory Drug Test), Prison and Voluntary (those with a criminal justice background).