Council begins study into drug services for young people

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The county council has opened a consultation on drug and alcohol support services available to young people in Northamptonshire.

The Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), based at the council, aims to understand how helpful local services are to people with substance addictions and how well those services can reduce the use of drugs and alcohol by young people in the county.

Research in Northamptonshire shows that substance abuse in young people is likely to affect their achievement at school, their mental and physical health and increase the chance of involvement in criminal behaviour.

Cabinet member for customer and community services Cllr Heather Smith said: “We want to hear from as many people to help us make decisions about the services that are needed in the future to support young people whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol misuse.

“We especially want to get feedback from young people and their families, whether or not they have ever come into contact with these services, as their comments will be extremely useful in helping us to make sure the services we commission in the future effectively address their needs.”

To take part people can visit on the consultation register at and fill in an online questionnaire.

The results of the consultation will be used to help the DAAT and other organisations in the county make decisions on how to address the needs of young people who use substances.