Tackling illegal drug use in Hastings and St Leonards

Closed 23 Aug 2022

Opened 4 Jul 2022

Results updated 23 Dec 2022

Thank you to the 420 people who took part in this survey. It was good to hear from so many people living locally about your experiences.

You can hear about what people told us in the survey in our short summary. We have used what you told us to help us decide our priorities and the local services we fund. This includes using what you told us to help us plan, alongside Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Police, and treatment and recovery services, areas of the town we can target. This will enable us to offer advice and education on what support is available, both to those using substances in a problematic way, and their friends and families.



Project ADDER is a Government initiative to help the police, local authorities, health, and other partners work together to reduce drug-related deaths, offending and the prevalence of drug use. 

The ADDER funding awarded to Hastings will help to reduce the supply of drugs, increase the number of drug users using treatment and recovery services, and reduce drug-related reoffending. 

For more info about Project ADDER click here

You can find more information about how the data will be stored and processed by East Sussex County Council on our website.

Why your views matter

ESCC’s substance misuse team will analyse and use responses to inform their plans to help achieve the aims of Project ADDER.  In addition to developing high quality drug treatment services, your feedback will enhance the foundations to provide a safer community in Hastings and St Leonards.



  • Hastings


  • Residents of East Sussex


  • Health and wellbeing