August 2, 2011 9:03

Mitch Winehouse seeks MP support over drug treatment foundation in Amy's name

The late singer's father meets Commons select committee chairman Keith Vaz

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Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has met MPs as he ploughs forward with his mission to found a drug treatment foundation in his daughter's name.

After meeting Labour member Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, he declared his intention to do something for drug users who cannot afford private rehab treatments.

He said after a meeting with Vaz: "I want to involve myself in things that would have been important to Amy," according to The Guardian. "This is why we are going to be setting up the Amy Winehouse Foundation. This isn't only important to me, it's important to our whole country.

He continued:

There’s hundreds and thousand of young people in situations today that could be avoided, and these are our future policemen, doctors and lawyers and solicitors, that we could help. We need to be able to help our children.

One of the issues Winehouse is keen to tackle is the length of waiting times faced by users who do not have the funds to seek treatment privately.

Vaz said after the meeting:

When he [Winehouse] gave evidence to our inquiry into drugs two years ago, he was very clear that drug treatment in the UK was hard to access and long waits were common, and we have already expressed our concern at reports that residential rehabilitation is not always available. This new initiative enables us to revisit this issue, and I am certainly keep 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.

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