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 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.

Derby City Partnership Substance Misuse Strategy 2018 - 2021

In 2015 the Council and its partners developed the ‘Derby City Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Strategy’ following a rise in the reported use of so called ‘legal highs’. The strategy was instrumental in bringing partners together to jointly address the challenges identified, share resources, increase staff competencies and improve information sharing relating to the availability of drugs and local patterns of drug misuse.

The city’s Derby City Partnership Substance Misuse Strategy 2018 – 2021 will build on these established principles to further tackle the drug and alcohol priorities identified by key stakeholders. It will contribute towards the aims of the Derby Plan to make Derby a safer and stronger place, as well as the Council plan outcomes of promoting health and wellbeing and protecting vulnerable children and adults.

This strategy aims to bring together a range of partners and agencies to focus primarily on the problems identified for the city and to prioritise resources that will improve people’s lives, build resilience and help people to achieve and maintain recovery from drug and alcohol dependence.

Taking into consideration local, national and partnership priorities the strategy will have the following strategic aims:

  1. 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.
  2. to reduce deaths caused by drug taking and ill health associated with long-term drug use through partnership working.
  3. to tackle harmful drinking across the city - by working with hospitals, GP’s and treatment agencies.
  4. to stop people behaving anti-socially and aggressively in the city whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol through partnership work.
  5. to ensure the delivery of effective treatment help people to rebuild their lives and recover from harmful drug and alcohol use.

Contact details

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

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