Doubts over the forthcoming launch of the National Drugs Strategy appear to have subsided after community groups secured late concessions in relation to effective implementation structures and actions to tackle alcohol abuse, intimidation and youth disadvantage.
- The lack of an effective national implementation structure which would hold agencies accountable for implementing the NDS.
- The “reluctance” of the Department of Health to address the alcohol issue within the strategy.
- The “failure” to tackle social and economic disadvantage in communities — including the lack of “any new actions” to address the “massive” problem of drug-related intimidation.
- The Government decision to remove, without consultation, the Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) from the strategy.