Consultation on the New Substance Use Strategy

Consultation opened on 30 October 2020. Closing date 26 February 2021.


The Department of Health is responsible for leading and co-ordinating action on Northern Ireland’s new substance use strategy. The new strategy “Making Life Better – Preventing Harm and Empowering Recovery: A Strategic Framework to Tackle the Harm from Substance Use” - is open for public consultation from 30 October 2020. We would very much welcome your views on what is contained within this new strategy.


Consultation description

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.

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