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30 Nov 2020

Consultation launched on Bristol’s new Drug and Alcohol Strategy

A new strategy is being developed to support people with drug and alcohol dependency in Bristol and limit the impact of addiction on lives and communities across the city.

Bristol City Council is asking for feedback on the strategy which is being developed on behalf of the Keeping Communities Safe Group, with key partners Avon and Somerset Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Group.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health, said: “We want Bristol to be a place where everyone can live safe from the harms caused by drug and alcohol misuse. The effects of addiction don’t just ruin the lives of the people who need support, but also their families, loved ones, wider communities, services and businesses.

“This draft strategy describes how we can tackle drug and alcohol misuse in Bristol, offering the right support at the right time for those who need it. It also looks at preventing addiction, how we can support healthy behaviours, and how we can reduce drug and alcohol related crime.

“The pressures and strains of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are having a detrimental impact on people’s lives, with many causes of addictions exasperated by the situation. Therefore the development of this strategy comes at a really vital time, and we hope the people of Bristol, particularly those who have been affected by addiction, will take time to share their views on it.”

The strategy is informed by the ambitions and challenges set out in Bristol’s One City Plan and Bristol’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The vision and priorities for the strategy have been developed through a series of engagement events with key stakeholders across the city.

Any comments received from the consultation will be considered before a final strategy is published.

The consultation closes on 8 January 2021.

To find out more and comment on the draft Bristol’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2020-24 visit: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/DAStrategy and complete the online survey.

If you would like a paper copy or the information in an alternative format please email ph.commissioning@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 922 2848.