New partnership to help defeat drink and drugs

Health improvement principal Alison McGrory, left, is one of the team set up to tackle drink and drug addiction.
Health improvement principal Alison McGrory, left, is one of the team set up to tackle drink and drug addiction.

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The Alcohol and Drug Partnership here in Argyll and Bute has reformed this autumn and is now planning the development of ‘an overarching strategy’ to provide leadership and direction.

This is a strategic partnership working within the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and is tasked with preventing alcohol and drug problems and ensuring people with alcohol and drug dependence are supported, to enable them to have a better quality of life.

The newly reformed Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) now has new members from a range of partners and locations in Argyll and Bute. These include third-sector representatives from community-based support services, community representatives and addiction team staff.

The main focus of activity over the winter will be this partnership development alongside its continuing work.

The strategy will be developed by going out and talking to people affected by alcohol and drug substance use disorders, so the priorities meet the needs of the people living in Argyll and Bute.

Alison McGrory, health improvement principal with the Argyll and Bute HSCP, said that she was delighted to see the newly-formed ADP coming together with such a vibrant and enthusiastic membership.

She said: ‘Alcohol and drug substance misuse are a significant public health issue in Scotland and a partnership approach to addressing these issues is the way forward.

‘As a group we will be aspirational in our approach to planning to ensure the cultural factors associated with alcohol in Scotland and the increasing risks of drugs are reduced.

‘We will do that by listening to people in our communities and working in a way to connect people experiencing problematic substance use disorders with appropriate support.

‘We will also prevent problems by working with children and young people to equip them with the skills, support and knowledge to live a good life.’

For more information on alcohol and drug support, advice and services available in Argyll and Bute, please visit the ADP website directly at www.argyllandbuteadp.info or phone 01546 604948 or email High-UHB.ArgyllandButeADP@nhs.net