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Help requested posted on 5th November 2015:

Drink and drug policy

I have been asked to join a working group to write both a general alcohol and drug policy, and a policy for driving and alcohol/drugs. I am looking for any other local authorities that are able to share their general alcohol and drug policy and the policy for driving and alcohol/drugs.

Andrew McGrorey

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Response posted on 6th November 2015 by:
Charles Thompson


Drink and drugs policy

I worked for Strathclyde Regional Council in the mid 1980s. The Council had a drink and drugs policy then. Perhaps Glasgow City Council might be approached to see if they took on the policy.

Response posted on 6th November 2015 by:
Saul Jeavons


Drink and Drug Policy

I can let you have some from industry if you are interested Andrew. Making sure the wording covers medicinal substances (prescription and OTC) and legal stimulants (and where you draw the line... Pro Plus is a legal stimulant for example), is one minefield, plus covering plus the conditions they are designed to counteract (hay fever, fatigue etc).

The best way is to incorporate the issue into a fitness to work policy, with a subsection on safety critical tasks which would include driving. That covers out the balance between fatigue and stimulants for example.

Response posted on 6th November 2015 by:
Matthew Thompson


Drugs and driving

Make sure you link up any policy with public health priorities and support objectives set by colleagues in the public health team and Dept for Health. Is it explicitly mentioned in the Road Safety Joint Strategic needs assessment for public health in your authority? (If not see Rospa guidance - very useful). PH can probably help with distribution networks and even resources. The DfT info for pharmacists, doctors and patients is a useful starting point.

Response posted on 12th November 2015 by:
Dr Rob Tunbridge


Alcohol and drugs policy


I have over 30 years experience in this area. Happy to assist if I can.

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