People with substance misuse issues

People with substance misuse issues

The use and misuse of drugs can have a huge impact on our local communities, in terms of crime and disorder, and also the burden to health care systems.

People with substance misuse issues

 More details about these headline statistics are available in:
  • the NHS North of Tyne strategic health needs assessment (2009/10)
  • Northumberland drug and alcohol action team’s young people’s needs assessment (November 2009)
  • Northumberland drug and alcohol action team’s adult drug treatment plan (2009/10)

Context

The use and misuse of drugs can have a huge impact on our local communities, in terms of crime and disorder, and also the burden to health care systems.

The drug and alcohol action team (DAAT) has a clear responsibility to plan, commission and monitor interventions to combat these issues in Northumberland. Tackling substance misuse is a key, cross cutting theme within the refreshed commissioning strategy.

The needs assessment for the young people’s drug treatment plan identified the following key messages:
  • young people who use drugs, typically tend to start between the ages of 13-15
  • alcohol and cannabis are the main substances used by young people in Northumberland
  • heroin misuse amongst young people is increasing
  • Northumberland needs to meet the accommodation needs of young people who misuse substances
  • Resources need to be established to support young people’s and parent/carer’s engagement with designing services
We need to find a better way of supporting parent/carers of young people who have problems with their substance misuse.

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