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New strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs: A Framework for Reducing Alcohol and Drugs Related Harm in Northern Ireland Phase 2, 2011 - 2016

Creator:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPSNI)

Subject Keywords: Substance misuse
Type: Framework
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

Alcohol and drug misuse, and their related harms, cost our society hundreds of millions of pounds every year. However, this financial burden can neverfully describe the full impact that substance misuse has on many vulnerable individuals, including children and young people, families, and communities in Northern Ireland. Alcohol and drug misuse have therefore been identified as significant public health and social issues in Northern Ireland over many years, and they continue to be a key priority.

In 2005 the Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety (DHSSPS) led the development of a cross-sectoral strategy that sought to reduce the harm related to both alcohol and drug misuse in Northern Ireland. DHSSPS launched this strategy, entitled the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs (NSD), in 2006.

Originally, the NSD had a five-year life span. However, following discussion at the NSD Steering Group (the group which oversees the ongoing policy development and delivery of the Strategy), it was agreed that despite significant progress, five years allowed a limited amount of time for a public health strategy to be embedded and, particularly, to change culture and behaviours.

It was agreed that, rather than undertaking a full new strategic development process, the existing NSD would be reviewed, revised, and extended until 2016. This decision was taken to ensure a consistent approach on the issue NSD Phase 2 (2011 – 2016)

over a ten-year period, and to ensure that resources continue to be directedat front-line services, programmes, and interventions. It also allowed the NSD to reflect new trends, and re-direct effort to where it is most needed or to where new issues/concerns are emerging.

This document is the outcome of that work, and sets the policy direction for reducing the harm related to alcohol and drug misuse across Northern Ireland for the period October 2011 – October 2016

Date:

26/01/2012

Rights: © Crown copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPSNI). (2012) New strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs: A Framework for Reducing Alcohol and Drugs Related Harm in Northern Ireland Phase 2, 2011 - 2016 [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/666900 [Accessed: 21st March 2019].

  

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