AN ambitious new strategy outlining a partnership approach to preventing harm caused by alcohol and drug use in our communities, and in supporting recovery from drug and alcohol dependence was launched today (7th February) by MSP, Fergus Ewing.
The Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership (EADP) strategy provides a clear framework for planning and developing local services for the people of Edinburgh and hopes to make the capital a better and safer place to live, work and visit.
Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing, who launched the strategy today, said: “I look forward to learning more about the progress Edinburgh ADP are making and congratulate members on the realisation of their new strategy.
“The Scottish Government are providing £28.6 million to Health Boards for frontline drug services in 2010/11, this represents an increase of over 20 per cent since 2006/07. Funding will be maintained at 2010/11 levels in 2011/12, subject to Parliamentary approval.
“However, local people are best placed to understand the needs of their own community and I am looking forward to hearing Edinburgh ADP’s strategy for helping people on their road to recovery.”
Nick Smith, joint programme manager, EADP, said: “Substance misuse affects many people across Edinburgh. For some this is direct and personal, whilst for others the effects can be more general.
“The new strategy will enable organisations to have a common approach to addressing the problems caused by alcohol and drugs.
“With recovery at the heart of the new strategy, we hope it will make a real difference to the lives of many people in Edinburgh.”
The strategy aims to help more people like Caroline Hillen, 45, who shared her recovery story at the launch.
The strategy, ‘A framework for partnership action’, sets out how the national strategies will be implemented at a local level through three key outcomes:
- reduce the damage caused by alcohol and drugs to individuals, families and communities
- make communities safer
- increase the numbers of people who achieve sustained recovery.
The strategy has been developed by NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian and Borders Police and the voluntary sector.
Notes to Editors
- The strategy was launched at Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh.
- A copy of the Drug Strategy can be found at www.edinburghadp.co.uk
- EADP is a partnership organisation between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Lothian and Borders Police and the voluntary sector.
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