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Southampton City Council launches consultation on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug strategy

A consultation on Southampton’s Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug strategy which has been developed by Southampton City Council has been launched. The consultation, which will run for 12 weeks, is seeking views of the public on the new draft 5-year Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs strategy which outlines how Southampton City Council will reduce the harm to people who use tobacco, alcohol and drugs, as well as harm to the people around them and across Southampton as a whole. It covers everyone who lives, works in, or visits the city; it covers every person, every community and every place in the city. The strategy describes what Southampton City Council will do and re-states their commitment to ongoing partnership and collaboration with stakeholders. The draft strategy sets out how Southampton City Council will deliver five strategic programmes of work which include:

  • Help for people concerned for themselves or others

  • Harm reduction to support people to be safer whilst using tobacco, alcohol and drugs

  • Hope for people to celebrate their progress through treatment and recovery

  • Health promotion and prevention to help residents to understand the risks of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and to give every child a good start in life

  • Health equality for everyone

The outcome of the consultation will help to inform the strategy and future provision of tobacco, alcohol and drug services in the city. Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health, Adults and Leisure says, “Tobacco, alcohol and drugs present complex challenges and we, as a council, are determined to reduce the harm to people who use them, and those who are affected by them, in the city. We have committed to build on what we are already doing and establish new ways of making a positive difference by working together as a whole system. Please do take the opportunity to have your say in our consultation – we are looking forward to hearing your views.” The consultation is open until Sunday the 4th of September and can be found by going to https://www.southampton.gov.uk/TADStrategy. Paper copies of the survey can be requested to be printed at Southampton libraries. If you are concerned by your, or someone else’s use of drugs and/or alcohol, help is available. Southampton Drug and Alcohol Support Services can be contacted directly though the contacts below: Young People aged 24 years or under DASH (No Limits) Telephone: 023 80 224 224 Address: 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF Email: advice@nolimitshelp.org.uk Website: www.nolimitshelp.org.uk Adults aged 25 years and over Change Grow Live - Southampton Telephone: 023 80 71 71 71 Address: Change Grow Live, 50-52 London Road, Southampton, SO15 2SF Email: southampton@cgl.org.uk Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/drug-alcohol-service-southampton/info

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