Yesterday Keith met with Mitch Winehouse, father of the singer Amy. They discussed
his initiative to improve residential rehabilitation services for young people as well as found a centre for the performing arts.
When Mitch gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into drugs 2 years ago, he was very clear that drug treatment in the UK was hard to access and long waits were common and the Home Affairs Committee Keith chairs expressed their concern at reports that residential rehabilitation is not readily available.
Keith said: “This new initiative enables us to revisit this issue and I am certainly keen to hear from all those who have had difficulty in obtaining treatment. As we said in our report, prevention is better than cure. Any initiative for rehabilitation must go hand in hand with sending out the message of prevention.”