Draft North Yorkshire substance use (drugs and alcohol) strategy consultation

Find out more about our draft substance use strategy and let us know what you think about it.

The draft all-age North Yorkshire substance use strategy has been developed by a partnership of organisations working together to reduce the harms associated with substance use - putting people, health and communities at the centre. The partner organisations that have helped to develop the strategy include North Yorkshire Council, North Yorkshire NHS Integrated Care Board, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Horizons, North Yorkshire RISE, the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, the Probation Service, North Yorkshire Connected Spaces, and the Job Centre.

In our strategy, substance use is defined as alcohol use, illicit drug use and medicine dependence.

The strategy aims to outline the key public health priorities within North Yorkshire that seek to reduce the harms associated with substance use. It details the planned developments and actions over the next two years.

We recognise that people who use alcohol and other drugs are residents of North Yorkshire. We understand that the harms associated with substance use affect individuals, families, and communities.

The strategy therefore aims to balance our law enforcement responsibilities with leadership, policy, and practice that puts all people at the centre. We will champion and advocate for non-stigmatising communities across North Yorkshire, and work alongside people whose lives are impacted by substance use and our communities.

The strategy is divided into nine chapters:

  • drug supply and responsible retailing of alcohol
  • deliver effective support for all people who experience harmful patterns of substance use
  • prevention of the use of substances
  • harm reduction
  • where people live and what people do (protective factors)
  • action on substance use in particular places
  • engagement and communications
  • workforce development
  • research and development

We would like to hear the views of as many people as possible on our strategy.

You can access the strategy below in a range of formats: a full written version, an easy-read version and a short video.

Take part in the consultation

Our consultation is open from 2 February 2024 and will close on 30 April 2024.

Please complete our survey to let us know what you think about the strategy.

Complete the substance use strategy survey

Surveys are also available for young people aged 13-18 and are available in easy read format.

Paper-based versions of the survey and strategy can be requested at North Yorkshire Council libraries.

Further information