Drug and alcohol strategy outlined

Alcohol Abuse Illustration
Alcohol Abuse Illustration

The Scottish Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) is seeking public opinion on its draft strategy for 2015-2020.

The strategy outlines the ADP’s aims for the next five years including four “high level strategic actions”.

These include reducing the prevalence of alcohol and drug use by 5% by 2020 through prevention and early intervention, reducing alcohol and drugs-related harm to children and young people, and “improving recovery outcomes” for service users while reducing drug related deaths to four or fewer per year.

It also aims to strengthening partnerships and governance structures among representatives from NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council, Police Scotland and various third sector organisations working on drug and alcohol issues.

The ADP is tasked with delivering a reduction in the level of drug and alcohol problems amongst young people and adults in the Borders and reducing the harmful impact on families and communities.

This is to be done by working with the Scottish Government, colleagues, people in recovery and local communities to tackle the problems arising from substance misuse.

The strategy was developed in partnership with colleagues and service users but the ADP are now keen to have feedback from the public. To download a copy of the strategic plan and/or to submit your views, you can visit the ADP website. Paper copies of the feedback form are available from Fiona Doig, strategic co-ordinator on 01835 825900, who also provides more information and helps with any queries about the strategy or survey.

Responses should be submitted by May 4.