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Draft Leicestershire Substance Misuse Strategy 2020-23

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.

JSNA Substance Misuse in Adults report  Opens new window

JSNA Alcohol Misuse in Adults report  Opens new window

The reports above describe:

  • 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:

  • Prevention
  • Early identification
  • Treatment and recovery
  • Protection/harm reduction
  • Partnership working

Draft Leicestershire County Council Substance Misuse Strategy 2020-2023  Opens new window

Have your say

We wanted to hear your views on the proposed priorities for Leicestershire and whether you had further comments and suggestions.

The consultation ran from 8 July 2019 for 8 weeks, closing at midnight on 1 September 2019. Comments were submitted by emailing

What happens next?

When the consultation closes, we will analyse the feedback and review the proposals.

The reviewed proposals and consultation findings will be presented to the council’s cabinet in November where a decision will be made on how to proceed.

If you require clarification or assistance on any of the information provided above, please email

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