Pre-consultation to seek views on a Successor Strategy to The New Strategic Direction for Alcohol & Drugs Phase 2

Consultation opened on 17 May 2019. Closing date 06 September 2019.


The Department of Health (DoH) is responsible for leading and co-ordinating action on Northern Ireland’s substance misuse strategy on a regional and local basis.


Consultation description

The current strategy – the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol & Drugs Phase 2 (NSD Phase 2) – was published and endorsed by the former NI Executive in 2012.

The NSD Phase 2 was recently reviewed, and a report* has been published which looks at its outcomes, outputs, and stakeholder views on how successful this has been.

We are now seeking initial feedback from partners and the general public on what could come next. We want your views on the vision, focus and priorities of any new or successor strategy – should you believe one is needed. This will help to inform future developments in policy and practice.

Next Steps

Following this exercise, we will collate and analyse all views and inputs, and, if appropriate, begin the process of developing a new strategy. It will be for incoming Ministers and the Executive to agree any final strategy for publication. It is important to note that the NSD Phase 2 – and all the structures that support action and collaboration – will remain in place until any new strategy is put in place.

The closing date for responses is Friday 6 September 2019.

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