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Substance Use Strategy consultation

The Department of Health is conducting a public consultation on the new draft government substance use strategy for Northern Ireland. Individuals and organisations can provide their views on the draft document and we are providing information here if you wish to do so.

The Department of Health is responsible for leading and co-ordinating action on Northern Ireland’s new substance use strategy. The new strategy “Making Life Better – Preventing Harm and Empowering Recovery: A Strategic Framework to Tackle the Harm from Substance Use” – was issued for public consultation on 30 October 2020. We would very much welcome your views on what is contained within the new strategy.

The full consultation document, which can be found on the DoH website at: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/SUS-consultation.

The current strategy – the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol & Drugs Phase 2 (NSD Phase 2) – was published and endorsed by the former NI Executive in 2012. NSD Phase 2 was recently reviewed, and a report has been published which looked at its outcomes, outputs, and stakeholder views on how successful this has been.

Taking on board the outcomes from the review, a pre-consultation exercise took place in 2019 on what should be contained within a new substance use strategy. This was followed by the development of the new strategy on a co-production basis with involvement from key stakeholders including; the community and voluntary sector; service users; health professionals; academics; and key government departments and agencies.

We are now seeking views from partners and the general public on the new strategy. We want your views on the vision, indicators, outcomes and targets set out in the new strategy. And we want your views on what should be prioritised, in the event that not all actions can be taken forward in the final published strategy.

The Closing Date for responses is Friday 05 February 2021.

Perhaps the easiest way to respond to the consultation would be to use the Citizen Space link at: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/SUS-consultation.

Alternatively you can respond directly to the Health Development Policy Branch either by email at HDPB@health-ni.gov.uk or by writing to them at:


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