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Substance misuse

Support services available

If you, or someone you know, requires any form of support and advice around drug, alcohol or legal high issues - you can contact the following agencies for guidance:

Evolve provides information, advice, support and treatment for adults (aged 18yrs and over) to support substance users to overcome dependence and achieve recovery.  Anyone can refer to the service with the permission of the person being referred.

0191 594 7821
47 Jackson Street, Gateshead, NE8 1EE
Gateshead Evolve

Platform provides education, information and support around alcohol and substance misuse to young people (aged 18yrs and under) and their parents/carers. A referral into the service can be made by the young person, parents, carers or any professional, if the young person has given consent.

0191 460 1354
Unit 3, Renwick Court, Victoria Road, Gateshead, NE8 2SY
Platform Gateshead

Substance Misuse Strategy

We know that drug and alcohol issues continue to be a priority for local residents. If not tackled effectively, they can have often a devastating effect on individuals, their families and friends.  We commit to tackling drug and alcohol misuse in Gateshead and will work with a wide range of partners, support agencies and treatment providers.

Our aim is to continue to prevent the supply and availability of drugs; signpost drug and alcohol misusers towards treatment services and we will undertake all relevant work linked with the national Government agenda.

The Community Safety Board, together with the Health and Wellbeing Board, has recently updated our Substance Misuse Strategy and Action Plan for 2017 / 22.  The strategy has three shared objectives:

  • Reduce demand / prevention across the life course

  • Reduce supply / protection and responsibility

  • Build recovery / health and wellbeing services

Although there are shared objectives,different approaches will be taken to address alcohol and drug harm and the strategy covers separate sections for alcohol and drugs.

Substance misuse projects

Some of the projects and initiatives undertaken to address substance misuse in Gateshead over the last twelve months include:

  • commissioned platform to undertake a series of outreach sessions, engaging with young people and educating them on the dangers of substance misuse
  • identified by Balance, the Regional Alcohol Office, as having best practice in Accident and Emergency to support victims of violent crime
  • recommended as having aspects of best practice in the Drug-related Deaths Review process
  • trained in excess of 200+ frontline practitioners in relation to overdose awareness and legal highs

These are just a handful of projects undertaken in Gateshead to help address substance misuse. 

For more information, please contact a member of Community Safety on 0191 433 3000.

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