In the Serious Violence Strategy, published in April 2018, drug markets were identified as one of the main drivers of the recent increases in serious violence. A commitment was therefore made to build on activity already underway and provide £500,000 over two years to support delivery of a new round of Heroin and Crack Action Areas (HACAAs). The HACAAs would provide local partners and communities with the space to consider their response to a variety of public health issues, particularly around problematic heroin and crack use, the links to serious violence and the increase in drug-related deaths.
The South West Region has successfully secured funding and as part of this we would like to invite individuals who contribute towards the strategic direction within your organisation to attend our workshops to progress this area of work.
Please also feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.