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Updated substance abuse commissioning support packs

Updated substance abuse commissioning support packs

Publication date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

New commissioning support guidance has been issued by Public Health England to help commissioners and local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and health and wellbeing strategies to reduce the harm caused by smoking, drinking and substance use in adults and children.

The guidance covers planning for:

  • alcohol harm prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • drugs prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • substance misuse interventions for young people
  • local smoking and tobacco control interventions

For each of these topics, there are a set of good practice principles and indicators or questions to help local areas assess need and plan and commission effective services and interventions.


The scale of the current problems:

  • An estimated 300,000 peoplein England are dependent on heroin and crack. 
  • There are currently over 10 million people in England drinking at levels that increase their risk of health harm. Of these, 595,000 adultspotentially need specialist treatment for alcohol dependence.
  • Alcohol is the leading risk factor for ill-health, early mortality and disability among men and women aged 15-49 years in the UK
  • In England alone, 78,000 people a year - or 200 per day - die from smoking. In addition to the human cost, smoking costs the economy £14.7 billion per year, £2.5 billion of which falls to the NHS.


More information

Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack




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Edition: Volume 3, Number 11, BJPCN Online 2018

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