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Reducing demand

Key actions

  • All services and professionals who have contact with young people should identify those who are at risk of using drugs and refer them to services that can support them
  • Information about drug use should be provided where groups who use drugs, or who are at risk of using drugs may attend e.g. nightclubs or festivals, wider health services such as sexual and reproductive health services, primary care, supported accommodation, hostels for people without permanent accommodation, and gyms (to target people who are taking, or considering taking, image or performance enhancing drugs). Information should be provided in different formats and should signpost people to self-assessment tools ensuring that the type of information provided is in line with NICE guidelines
  • Activities aimed at preventing drug misuse should be delivered for at-risk groups through a wide range of existing statutory, voluntary or private services
  • Routine appointments and other contacts with statutory and other services should routinely assess whether someone is vulnerable to drug misuse
  • Improve the availability of data and intelligence relating to drug misuse, in order to plan interventions and target resources.

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