Launch of New Alcohol and Drug Initiative

The launch of the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership (EADP) will take place at an alcohol and drug recovery conference in Edinburgh this week (10 November 2009). The EADP will lead on the development and delivery of services to tackle alcohol and drug misuse in the city.

The EADP replaces the previous Alcohol and Drug Action Team in Edinburgh. One of the first tasks for the Partnership will be to develop and implement a local alcohol and drugs strategy. The strategy will focus on three key areas such as prevention and education, treatment and recovery and culture change and safer communities.

The launch and recovery event at the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls will be attended by over 100 attendees, including clients, professionals and people affected by substance misuse. Participants will focus on a range of alcohol and drug recovery issues and hear from clients about their personal journeys.

Peter Gabbitas, Chair of Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said:

"The new organisation is an important development for the city. It is formed on strong partnerships between, NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council, Lothian & Borders Police and the voluntary sector. Working together in the EADP will put us in a stronger position to address the issues caused by substance misuse."

Dr Fiona Watson, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Community Drug Problem Service, NHS Lothian said:

"The Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership will also be committed to delivering national waiting time drug treatment targets which are being introduced for the first time next year. This will improve access to local drug misuse services which will benefit the individual, their family and the wider community."

Councillor Paul Edie, Convener of the Health and Social Care Committee for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

"Drug and alcohol misuse brings untold misery to families across the city and this partnership approach is a positive step forward in tackling the problem."

Delegates attending the launch, including health and social care staff, voluntary sector staff and clients will choose the logo for the new Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership during the event.