The current strategy – the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol & Drugs Phase 2 (NSD Phase 2) – has been in place since 2012. A review report looked at its outcomes, outputs, and recorded 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 this consultation document 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.
The Closing Date for responses has been extended to Friday 26 February 2021.