A conversation about drugs and alcohol

Closed 15 Mar 2020

Opened 26 Feb 2020

Results updated 22 Feb 2021

We asked the public, partners and stakeholders for their views to ensure that future projects address local needs.  This report summarises the opinions of the 262 people that gave us their opinion.

Many felt that a change in stigma around needing help is necessary, that many factors affect being able to access help and relapse is an important subject. Certain groups in the community need extra support including the Armed Forces Community and street community.

We are working in response to these needs and ensuring the issues identified form the basis of all projects we commission.




Heroin. Crack. Cocaine. Ibuprofen. Alcohol.

Anyone can develop a dependence on drugs.

Anyone can develop a dependence on alcohol.

And it is not just the individual that is affected; families, carers and loved ones can be affected too.

By answering 5 simple questions you can help us to break down the stigma, support those who need help and ensure your voice is heard. 

How to take part

You can take part by clicking on the survey link below. If you need help to take part or you need the information in another format please get in touch with us. There is also an easy read leaflet below which explains how you can get help to take part.

Why your views matter

We want to ensure that the projects we commission through the Substance Misuse Innovation Fund 2020/21 address local needs. In addition to the survey, focus groups will also be carried out with people who use services to ensure they have a voice within this conversation.

What happens next

We will analyse the survey and results and combine them with what we have learned through the focus group to produce a summary that outlines the areas of need we have identified. Organisations and projects will then have the opportunity to submit bids for innovative approaches to meet these needs.

Privacy information: This survey is anonymous and we don't ask you to provide any personal information. Please ensure that any comments you make don't include any names or personal details of you or anyone else. You can find our privacy notice about how the data will be stored and processed by East Sussex County Council on our website.


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