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Annual report on progress made to implement the substance misuse strategy.
This quarterly newsletter informs people about recent developments in the field of substance misuse.
A variety of drugs.

We implement a number of measures that aim to reduce the harm caused by substance misuse.

Our approach is aimed at tackling the full range of substances that are misused in Wales, covering:

  • alcohol
  • illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines, LSD and cannabis
  • prescription only medicines (POM) such as anabolic steroids and benzodiazepines
  • over the counter medicines (OTC) such as preparations containing codeine
  • volatile substances such as aerosol propellants, butane, solvents and glues.

All Wales drug and alcohol helpline

Wales drug and alcohol helpline logo

DAN 24/7 is the bilingual all-Wales drug and alcohol helpline. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and calls from UK landlines are free (some mobile phone networks may charge).

Visit Dan 24/7 (external link) for more information.


Our Strategy: Working together to reduce harm

'Working Together to Reduce Harm' is our 10 year plan to tackle the problems caused by drugs and alcohol in Wales. Published in 2008, it sets out a clear national programme for tackling and reducing the harms associated with substance misuse.

It is structured around four action areas:

  • preventing harm
  • supporting substance misusers
  • supporting families
  • tackling availability and protecting individuals and communities.

If you have any queries regarding substance misuse in Wales, please contact our mailbox: substance.misuse@wales.gsi.gov.uk