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Drugs - Reducing Harm

The national drug strategy has two overarching aims:

  • Reduce illicit and other harmful drug use, and
  • Increase the numbers recovering from dependence

Drugs and alcohol form part of the set of supporting public health indicators that help focus our understanding of how well we are doing year by year nationally and locally on those things that matter most to public health.

The Government aims to offer ‘every support’ for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependence and recognises that the causes and drivers of drug and alcohol dependence are complex and personal, and that their solutions need to be holistic and centred around each individual.

Local Health and Wellbeing Boards and the Director of Public Health have become jointly accountable for ‘strong leadership’ of alcohol and drug treatment.

Substance misuse is often a burden not just on the user, but also on other family members, including spouses, parents, siblings and children.

Recovery is an individual, person-centred journey, as opposed to an end state, and one that will mean different things to different people.

In order to deliver recovery-oriented services, there is an acknowledgement that links with housing, employment and family services are essential and must be firmly established and integrated into overall treatment services and that supportive relationships with families, carers and social networks must be promoted.

Drugs - reducing harm and promoting recovery - find out why this issue is important to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and what is being done locally to address this issue.

This information has been taken from the Director of Public Health's Annual Report 2015/2016.

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