I’ve been taking a look at the Local Priorities website to see which authorities have signed up to delivering on National Indicator 115, part of the set that makes up PSA 14. That’s the one which is about reducing the substance misuse by young people.
It turns out there are 36.
Bedfordshire, Bradford, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Doncaster, Dudley, Essex, Halton, Harrow, Isle of Wight, Kirklees, Knowsley, Leicestershire, Lewisham, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, North East Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Plymouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Sefton, Somerset, South Tyneside, Southampton, St Helens, Stoke-on-Trent, Wakefield, Warrington, Wolverhampton, and York.
Can’t help but notice it’s about half of the number that went for NI 40 (which is about getting drug users into treatment).
I wonder whether that was because treatment is perceived to be easier to achieve than prevention, because the money to deliver is easier to identify or for some other reason. Perhaps readers from DAATs might want to comment…