Drug and alcohol misuse affects individuals, families and communities across Northern Ireland. In recognition that no agency can address this issue alone, five multi-agency partnerships (Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams) exist across the region.

In 2015, PHA brought together the five local DACTs to form a Regional Steering Group to work collectively to address drug and alcohol misuse by developing events, initiatives and resources.

At a strategic level the work of the DACT is primarily informed by the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s (DHSSPSNI) New Strategic Direction on Alcohol and Drugs: Phase 2 and the PHA & Health and Social Care Board’s Alcohol and Drug Commissioning Framework for NI.

At a more local level, by ensuring that Team Members are representative (at a senior level) of the key agencies or sectors (i.e. health, justice, housing, education, community, service providers, service users, etc.) with a responsibility for, and experience of, addressing alcohol and drug issues the DACT then works to define local needs, priorities and actions.

There are five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACTs) in existence across Northern Ireland – one per Health and Social Care Trust area i.e. Belfast, Northern, South Eastern, Southern and Western.

The DACTs are multi-agency partnerships comprising all of the key agencies (statutory and community & voluntary) with an interest in, or remit for, addressing drug and alcohol related issues and concerns in the local area.

The work of the DACTS is supported by the PHA whose local lead for drugs and alcohol helps to facilitate the work of the Team.

The aim of the DACT is to promote and support a more coordinated approach to addressing alcohol and drug-related issues across the HSCT area.

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Need help?

Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.

T: 0808 808 8000

Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles.

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