AN ACTION team responsible for tackling drug-related harm is to be wound up and its responsibilities transferred to other bodies.
The Cheshire Drug Action Team was established in 1995 to carry out the Government’s drug strategy locally.
It includes Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Probation Service, the Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council along with the Cheshire Youth Offending Team and, in the past, Connexions.
The partnership’s aim is to reduce the health and social harm, along with crime, associated with substance misuse in Cheshire, mainly achieved by commissioning ‘highly effective’ substance misuse services.
The team organises drug treatment and recovery services for adults and substance misuse services for young people.
Councillors have heard steps have been taken to look at the effects of changes to the commissioning of drug treatment services and partnership working with the transfer of public health to the borough council.
The current group is due to be wound up by the end of January, with its functions and responsibilities moving to other bodies, including the new health and well-being board and the community safety partnership.