Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse
Problematic drug and alcohol use can cause a lot of harm to the individual, the family, the local community and to society as a whole. To create safe environments free from drug and alcohol misuse we work in partnership with other organisations to address the various problems caused.
What does the Council do to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol use?
The Council is involved in a range of partnership activities such as:
- removing needles and drug-related litter as part of the street cleaning programme
- issuing licences for the sale and supply of alcohol
- supporting pharmacy services through needle and syringe programmes
- buying services that help people to recover from drug and alcohol use
- overseeing partnership work to manage the night-time economy
- working with Derbyshire Constabulary to reduce the supply of illegal drugs
- working with Police Safe Neighbourhood Teams to address antisocial behaviour issues caused by drugs and alcohol
- working with schools and local health services to educate young people about the harm of drugs and alcohol
- safeguarding children and vulnerable adults affected by drug and alcohol use.
Derby City Partnership Substance Misuse Strategy 2018-2021
In 2018 the city launched a four year strategy to bring together partner organisations to address the harms caused by substance misuse.
The Derby City Partnership Substance Misuse Strategy 2018-2021 is a local response to substance misuse issues identified by a range of agencies working across the city that have daily contact with people who are, or who have been affected by illicit drug and alcohol misuse. It will contribute towards the aims of the Derby Plan 2030 to make Derby a safer and stronger place to live and work, as well as the Council plan outcomes of promoting health and wellbeing and protecting vulnerable children and adults.
The strategy has the following strategic aims:
- To raise awareness of the harms caused by drug taking and excessive alcohol use across all age groups - working with those affected to prevent such harm.
- To reduce deaths caused by drug taking and ill health associated with long-term drug use through partnership working.
- To tackle harmful drinking across the city - by working with hospitals, GP’s and treatment agencies.
- To stop people behaving anti-socially and aggressively in the city whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol through partnership work.
- To ensure the delivery of effective treatment help people to rebuild their lives and recover from harmful drug and alcohol use.
More information about how we will achieve these aims can be found here in the Derby City Partnership Substance Misuse Strategy 2018 – 2021.