Renfrewshire Council

Taskforce takes fresh approach to challenges posed by alcohol and drug use across Renfrewshire

A group dedicated to addressing the impact of alcohol and drug use on individuals and families has been set up in Renfrewshire.

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The Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership's Alcohol and Drugs Commission - one of the first of its kind in Scotland - will explore new ways of tackling the issue through hearing first-hand from people who have lived experience of using alcohol and drugs, and their family members, and taking a particular focus on early intervention and prevention.  

Comprising key figures from across health and social care, housing, justice, third sector and higher education, the Commission - run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council - will consider policy across areas including the support for people most in need, prevention and early intervention, and recovery.

Building on Renfrewshire Council's successful Tackling Poverty Commission and ongoing programme, the Alcohol and Drugs Commission will look at all aspects of addiction and its impact, as opposed to concentrating solely on addiction services, and will identify recommendations to help improve the lives of those affected.

Chaired by Cllr Jacqueline Cameron, the Commission also includes Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Dr Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and Jardine Simpson, Chief Executive, Scottish Recovery Consortium.

In 2017, there were 934 drug-related deaths across Scotland - 38 of those in Renfrewshire. In the same year, there were 1,120 alcohol-related deaths across Scotland - 44 of those in Renfrewshire.

The Commission is expected to conclude in the new year 2020 and will then report back with a series of findings and recommendations.

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