Drug users in Britain now have a bigger say in how their treatment system works than most other parts of the world. But, says Peter McDermott, we are in danger of letting a
decade of progress slip through our hands if politicians restrict the paths to recovery.
The last ten years have been very kind to drug user groups and user involvement here in the UK. Regardless of your feelings about the National Treatment Agency’s (NTA) style
or its wider programme of work, it’s undeniable that the NTA has managed to make service user organisations and user consultation an integral part of the drug treatment landscape in the UK.