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Alcohol and drug misuse impacts on people’s lives in many ways. Providing treatment and support to people with alcohol and/or drug problems can have a significant beneficial impact not just for the individual, but for their families and for their community. Preventing people from developing alcohol and drug problems and reducing dependence on alcohol and drugs not only improves an individual’s health and wellbeing but also reduces the burden on health and social care services and reduces crime and anti-social behaviour.
To understand the size of the problem of alcohol and drug misuse in Leicestershire, a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) was completed in March 2019.
the health needs of the people of Leicestershire in relation to drug and/or alcohol misuse
the impact of drug and/or alcohol misuse
relevant policy and guidance relating to drug and/or alcohol misuse
existing service provision across Leicestershire for drug and/or alcohol misuse
The draft strategy
The information from the JSNA identifies unmet needs in relation to drug and/or alcohol misuse and makes recommendations for change. These recommendations alongside engagement with service providers, public sector organisations and voluntary sector organisations have led to the development of a draft Leicestershire Substance Misuse Strategy.
The draft strategy identifies five key priorities that support us in our goal of continuing to provide appropriate, accessible and equitable substance misuse services to our population.
The priorities identified within the strategy, centre around the themes of: