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Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol can have a major impact on people who use them, as well as their family, friends and community. Drugs and Alcohol can affect people's mental health, physical health, financial wellbeing and relationships.

Work has begun to better understand drug and alcohol issues on the island - October 2016

A project to assess and better understand drug and alcohol issues in the Isle of Man, and plan future services, has commenced with a series of informal community chat sessions which were held at venues across the Island.

The work will help to inform Government and other stakeholders on the needs of the Island’s community, ultimately shaping services for the public, such as efforts to prevent drug and alcohol abuse as well as supporting those with addiction.

The project – called a joint strategic needs assessment – was started by the Island’s multi-agency Drug and Alcohol Steering Group.

The Centre for Public Innovation (CPI) has been appointed to carry out the work following a competitive tendering exercise and is being financed through the Island’s ‘seized asset fund’.

CPI has experience in assessing need in communities, having worked with local authorities in England as well as other crown dependencies on similar issues.

'A joint strategic needs assessment is a widely used and respected tool for achieving this. It will provide a unique picture of local needs, gaps in current and projected future provision, and identify the short and the longer-term strategic priorities.'

It is hoped this drugs and alcohol ‘chapter’ will be the first of a series of assessments examining the needs of the community across the breadth of health and social care services.

The community chat sessions are just the beginning of activities to engage the wider public. Interviews were also undertaken with current service users and stakeholders and engagement with schools and youth clubs and members of Tynwald.

For further details on this work please contact:

Drugs and Alcohol JSNA

Public Health Directorate

Cronk Coar



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