Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Schools have an important role to play in tackling substance misuse. Alcohol and cannabis continue to be the most used substances among young people; there has also been an increase in young people taking different drugs together, often mixed with alcohol.

North Yorkshire Adult and Young People Drug and Alcohol Partnership Group, and Safer York Partnership Board, work closely with local partners and providers of services to manage and reduce the harmful effects that drug and alcohol misuse cause to individuals and communities, reduce drug and alcohol related crime, and promote recovery.

Local Services for Children and Young People in North Yorkshire

Information and support around substance misuse can be sought from the 5-19 Healthy Child Service Team and the Prevention Service Team in your area. NHS Choices also provides helpful resources and further information on a range of drug and alcohol topics.

Compass REACH is a North Yorkshire wide service that offers both psychosocial and clinical interventions to young people aged 11 -19 who are involved in risk taking behaviours relating to substance misuse and poor sexual health. Anyone can make a referral into Compass REACH; young people, parents and professionals. Professionals are required to complete a simple screening tool and referral form.


Other Useful Sources of Information

  • North Yorkshire Adult Substance Misuse Services - For information on local services and commissioning arrangements.

  • Drugscope - An independent charity providing information on drugs and drug use.

  • NHS Choices - For advice, information and where to get help for drug misuse.

  • Talk to FRANK - Helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't). For friendly, confidential advice, talk to FRANK.