Alcohol and other drugs on Gotland

Gotland is now focusing on its coordinated drug prevention work. This by using knowledge from CAN, The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Civil society, police, county and regional representatives are involved in two meetings in the spring. On the first occasion, CAN presented local figures on the situation regarding alcohol, drugs, doping and tobacco – ANDT for short (ANDT = Alkohol, Narkotika, Dopning, Tobak). On the second occasion, the answers to a questionnaire completed by nearly 80 key people in the region were presented.

“On 23 March, we presented graphs and trends for Gotland and discussed the data in a municipal dialogue,” says Daniel Müller, coordinator at CAN.

The main topics were access to alcohol and tobacco, consumption, injuries, crime and mortality, as well as local and regional figures from CAN’s prevention index, which is an overall measure of the extent of the work in the municipalities on prevention.

“On 20 April, we will present the responses to the survey that were collected in order to map the region’s conditions and opportunities for cooperation on issues related to ANDT”.

“Our aim in doing a KULA mapping is to get a good common starting point for continued knowledge-based prevention work here on Gotland. Getting a comprehensive compilation of facts about availability, consumption, injuries, crime and cooperation, etc., gives a picture of the situation that is important both for drug prevention and for cooperation in crime prevention,” says Elin Lööf, a public health strategist at Gotland Region.

“The survey is part of the implementation of the regional development strategy and helps us in our work for good and equal health on Gotland. I hope for a good dialogue with those concerned, both now at the joint feedback and at individual meetings,” says Elin Lööf.

The background to the meeting is that Gotland is participating in KULA (Knowledge-based Support in the Development of Local ANDT Work), where CAN offers support to regions, counties and municipalities by mapping the ANDT situation and the content of preventive work. Based on the mapping, CAN holds municipal dialogues.

“In the municipal dialogues, we at CAN can present local data but also reflect and discuss with the municipalities about the actual meaning of the figures,” says Daniel Müller.

“Our wish is that the knowledge will be used in the planning of local prevention work,” says Daniel Müller.

Source: CAN