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 licenses 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 anti-social 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.

What is the council doing about new psychoactive substances (former legal highs)?

In Derby both adult and young person's substance misuse treatment services have reported an increase in the number of people seeking help for problematic drug use as a result of former legal highs and the Police continue to receive reports about nuisance and antisocial behaviour being caused by people who are intoxicated in and around the city centre.

On 26th May 2016 the Psychoactive Substances Act was passed through Parliament. This meant that 'Legal Highs' such as: ‘Clockwork Orange’, ‘Bliss’, ‘Mary Jane’ and others became illegal to produce, sell, import (even for personal use) and consume. Following this change in law Derby City Council and key partners are continuing to work in collaboration to reduce the harm they cause through the Psychoactive Substances Partnership Strategy 2015-18.

The partnership strategy sets out a number of steps designed to address the potential harm caused through:

  1. improved awareness and education
  2. enhanced treatment
  3. reduced availability

If you are concerned about drug dealing and anti-social behaviour issues in your area you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the police non-emergency number.

You can also anonymously call the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visit the Crimestoppers website

Contact details

Post address:
Substance Misuse Team
Public Health
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 640804
Minicom: 01332 640666
Substance Misuse Team
Public Health
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS

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