A new service designed to improve treatment and recovery from substance abuse will start in Bexley from July.

The new scheme will give early access to engagement, intervention and prevention and specialist community treatment.

The council will also aim to provide more housing, education and aftercare for those who need it.

Cabinet member for adult services, Councillor Brad Smith said: “This new integrated model has been designed to provide an end-to-end service and a single point of access.

“It will include substitute prescribing and psychosocial treatment, alongside education, training and employment and housing support to help those in need to reach their full potential.

“Most importantly, it has recovery at its core. I look forward to seeing the new providers in place.”

Almost half of the council's budget, decided on earlier this year, was designated to providing care for vulnerable people.

The service has been developed with professionals in the borough including Police, Probation, social services and will be provided by South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with Blenheim CDP and St Giles Trust.

For more information on substance misuse support in Bexley call 020 8303 7777 and ask for the Public Health Team.