Uniting forces to tackle drug and alcohol misuse

An ambitious new strategy to reduce drug and alcohol misuse in South Ayrshire has been launched by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.

The four-year strategy, developed by the South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), a thematic group within the South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, is aimed at working with individuals and local communities to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug misuse.

The new strategy takes a whole population approach to reducing the impact alcohol and drug misuse on individuals, families and communities. This includes supporting individuals to recover from alcohol or drug misuse and supporting communities to identify and find solutions to alcohol and drug-related issues.

The launch was opened by Kenny Leinster, Chair of the ADP and South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Community Care and Housing and featured a presentation from individuals in recovery as well as a talk from school pupils and displays by ADP partners.

Delivering her keynote address, the Minister said: “I am keen to learn more about the progress South Ayrshire ADP has been making. We now have the right drugs strategy, right framework and record levels of funding in place, but we all need to work together to achieve the results to improve the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol misuse.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and chair of the Community Planning Partnership said: “Alcohol and drug misuse affects everyone, from children and families to the wider community.

“It’s time for a fresh approach to these problems and that’s exactly what this strategy delivers.

“During the next four years, the ADP will support people to make positive changes in their behaviour and lifestyle choices in relation to alcohol and drug use, as well as fully supporting those who are in recovery, or those who want to take steps to recovery.”