Scotland targets drug and alcohol problems

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) are to be set up for every local council area in Scotland to transform the provision of services and tackle substance misuse.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

They replace the current model of alcohol and drug action teams and will be brought into the community planning process for each local authority area.

Each ADP will develop and implement a local alcohol and drugs strategy to reduce the numbers of people with substance misuse problems.

The strategies will ensure that all relevant partners play their part, better identify local needs and ensure investment is focused on achieving agreed outcomes.

Minister for community safety Fergus Ewing said: ‘The national drugs strategy and the alcohol framework provide a clear plan to tackle the damage that substance misuse has caused to too many of our people. The record investment in both drug and alcohol services must be better targeted to turn around those lives.’

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