|What is Substance Misuse?||
Substance misuse is the harmful use of alcohol or drugs which can also include over-the counter medication, prescription drugs, volatile substances and novel substances.
|Who is affected?||
Substance misuse can affect anyone regardless of how old they are, where they live or what they do. People can be affected personally, by experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol themselves or through a loved one. Substance misuse also impacts on communities through criminal and anti-social behaviour such as binge drinking, and drug related crime.
|What does it cost?||
The financial costs of substance misuse can be measured in its effect on industry, through days taken off work, through the strain on health services, and the costs associated with criminal damage.
|What help is available?||
If you or anyone you know requires help with substance misuse, there are a range of services based in Bridgend that can help.
WCADA 4 Gaylard Buildings, Court Road, Bridgend, CF31 1BD 01656 667717
DASH 74 Nolton St, Bridgend CF31 3BP 01656 650686
DAN24/7 National Helpline Free phone: 0808 808 2234
Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline www.dan247.org.uk
|What is being done locally?||
The Safer Bridgend Partnership understands that substance misuse can have a negative impact on the quality of lives of people who live and work in Bridgend. To ensure this impact is minimised, the Safer Bridgend Partnership work with a range of organisations and community groups with four clear aims. They are:
Since 2010, the Safer Bridgend Partnership has joined the regional Substance Misuse Area Planning Board (APB). The Area Planning Board is a collaborative between a range of agencies across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and City and County of Swansea. The APB meets regularly to ensure that their response to substance misuse is strong and effective. The APB is in the process of developing their new five year commissioning strategy which will be published in September 2015 and available on this web page.
For further information please visit the Bridgend Local Health Board website www.bridgendlhb.wales.nhs.uk