The Scottish Government have published a draft version of the new, combined drugs and alcohol strategy document ‘All Together Now: Our strategy to address the harms of alcohol and drugs in Scotland.’
Scotland has a long legacy of drug and alcohol misuse and this contributes to the numbers of people with alcohol-related liver disease and viral hepatitis such as hepatitis B and C. The Trust was pleased to see that the plan included a commitment to set out detailed alcohol- specific prevention measures and that these actions would be comprehensively evaluated. We also welcomed the emphasis on alcohol treatment in the community and routine testing for viral hepatitis in all services.
Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of the Trust said “It’s great to see Scotland developing a joined up approach to tackling alcohol and drugs. We would like to see this new strategy dovetail with a detailed plan to address liver disease in Scotland.”
The Scottish Government are seeking feedback from partners and stakeholders by Friday 5th October 2018.