Bristol City Council seeks views on £12.5m drugs strategy

Views are being sought by Bristol City Council on plans to commission £12.5m of drugs services for the next year.

The strategy is based on research carried out into the changing trends of drugs use, how people access support, and their views of the service.

Cabinet member, Gary Hopkins, said the service was "vital" as it also helped reduce drug-related crime in the city.

Areas of improvement include increasing support for those in recovery and for those on non-opiate based drugs.

The report has also suggested the following changes:

  • Making services more widely available across Bristol not just the city centre
  • More joint-working between partner agencies to help drug users with complex needs, such as those with mental health problems
  • Creating a more flexible service to reflect changes in drug trends

The consultation is due to end on 17 August.

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