NHS Greater Glasgow is investing more than £1million in its methadone services.
Dr Iain Wallace, Medical Director NHS Greater Glasgow Primary Care Division, said: "We have just agreed a contract with GPs that continues their commitment to providing methadone services to intravenous drug users across the city.
"We are also in the process of developing and expanding the methadone programme, investing an additional £1.3m in the GP based scheme over the next year."
NHS Greater Glasgow confirmed that future services would continue to be provided by GPs and doctors employed by addiction services in community based practices and clinics across the city. Patients will continue to have access to the same range and quality of methadone treatment currently available.
Dr Iain Wallace, explained: "We are investing more in developing this service than ever before I would like to take this opportunity to reassure patients that, rather than seeing a reduction in service, they will actually benefit from a number of new services being introduced over the next year.
"These include services provided by new Community Addiction Teams which will work closely with GPs and addiction staff to help move patients out of the programme and onto the next stage of their rehabilitation. These teams will provide a wide range of services including home detoxification programmes as an alternative to hospital admission, treatment for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, a counselling and support for under 18s and a parental support service for families with children who have drug and alcohol problems."
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Under the terms of the new GP contract, it is now up to individual GPs to decide if they want to provide methadone services to patients.
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