Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Have your say - launch of a new consultation to shape a forthcoming Drugs and Alcohol strategy for GM

Official figures show there were almost 1,200 deaths caused directly by alcohol between 2015 and 2017, with the overall cost of alcohol to Greater Manchester an estimated £1.3bn per year – the equivalent of £500 a resident. 

Drug-related deaths have increased by 74% in Greater Manchester over the last decade. Street drugs have got stronger, new psychoactive substances have been developed, and drug use has changed, creating more challenges for public services.

As part of the ongoing Big Alcohol Conversation, all GM residents and businesses are being asked by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to give their views on the scale and nature of alcohol harm and actions they can take together to reduce it. In particular, communities are being invited to have their say on some emerging key themes such as reducing the number of deaths and hospital admissions caused by drugs and alcohol, helping more people into recovery and reducing the strain on public services.

A new public consultation has been launched to develop forthcoming strategy which will set out the city-region’s ambition to significantly reduce the risk and harms caused by drugs and alcohol. The consultation is now open and will close at midnight on Sunday 13th January 2019. To have your say, click here

The Big Alcohol Conversation continues until the end of February 2019. Have your say at www.thebigalcoholconversation.org or on social media using #GMBigAlcoholConversation.