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Scottish Borders drug and drink reduction goal set

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A new strategy hopes to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and drug use in the Scottish Borders by 5% in the next five years.

It will use "prevention and early intervention" to achieve the goal.

The Scottish Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) is seeking views on its draft strategy for 2015 to 2020.

It also seeks to reduce the number of drug-related deaths in the region to four or less per year. Responses to the strategy should be submitted by 4 May.

The ADP is made up of representatives of NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council, police and other organisations.

It aims to reduce drug and alcohol problems in the region and tackle the "harmful impact on families and communities".

Full details of the strategy and how to submit any responses are available on the ADP website.

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