Implementing the 2017 Drug Strategy

Speakers confirmed:

  • Andy Johnson, Acting Head, Drugs and Alcohol Unit, Crime Directorate, Home Office
  • Pete Burkinshaw, Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Lead, Public Health England
  • Rachael Hope, Community Safety Specialist (Drugs/Alcohol), Newcastle City Council
  • Superintendent David Felton, Northumbria Police
  • Paul Hayes, CEO, Collective Voice
  • David Mackintosh, Director & Policy Adviser, London Drug & Alcohol Policy Forum
  • Kim Hager, Joint Commissioning Manager, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Drug Action Team
  • Huseyin Djemil (Chair), Founder, Towards Recovery


In July the new Government released the 2017 Drug Strategy. The Home Secretary has called for a coordinated response to drugs, based on the pillars of reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery. 

Join Westminster Briefing to hear from Andy Johnson, Acting Head, Drugs and Alcohol Unit, Crime Directorate, Home Office on the new Drug strategy and what it means for your area. You will join experts and colleagues from across the country to explore how to work across agencies to develop your local drugs strategy. 

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Overview of the Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy
  • Reducing demand: building local resilience and developing a targeted approach for high priority groups
  • Restricting supply: modernising the police approach to illicit drugs and organised crime
  • Building recovery: improved outcomes and a joined-up approach to commissioning
  • The key role of local authorities in commissioning treatment and coordinating services
  • Partnership working between health and social care, the criminal justice system, the third sector and others
  • Examples of joined-up strategies to reduce offending and improve recovery outcomes

About the day:

The morning session will provide delegates with an up-to-date brief on the 2017 Drug Strategy and how you can implement it in your setting.

The afternoon session will focus on best practice in tackling drugs, from disrupting organised crime supporting production and supply, to dealing with the impact drug dependence has on users, their families and communities. 

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from: police forces, local authorities including trading standards teams, frontline practitioners, drug & alcohol services, health professionals, the voluntary and community sectors.

Thursday 16th November 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

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