Views sought on Argyll and Bute drug and alcohol strategy

The Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drugs Partnership wants your views on its draft strategy for the next three years.

The partnership’s 2013-2016 strategy identifies four key areas of work over the next three years – maximising health and ensuring people make healthy choices; integrating services which are offered; protecting communities and individuals from harm; protecting children from substance misuse harm and linking children’s services effectively.

Cleland Sneddon, chair of the Argyll and Bute ADP, said: “It is important that the people of Argyll and Bute make their views known on the Partnership’s proposals.

“Argyll and Bute is not immune to the high cost of alcohol and drugs misuse, not only to our public services and industries but also to individuals and their families. The effects can be seen in our casualty departments, our police stations and on children and other family members.”

To download the strategy and a consultation feedback form, just click on the link to the right of this article.

Presentations on the strategy will take place throughout Argyll and Bute during December and January, although there are no presentations planned for Bute; the nearest one takes place at 2pm on Wednesday, January 9 at Ballochyle House in Dunoon.

All forms must be returned by Thursday, January 31, either online or by post.

Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP)is composed of a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies which work together to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug misuse.

A high emphasis is placed on the need to identify and support children who are being affected by their parent’s use of alcohol, and in supporting people with alcohol related issues to seek help at the earliest opportunity.

The ADP supports the scheme for GPs to screen people for the early signs of heavy drinking and to offer advice on how to reduce alcohol use before problems develop.