Drug harm reduction

Our drug harm reduction work is one of the priorities identified in the Community Safety and Crime Reduction Strategy, 2020.  

Our work focuses on reducing harm to exploited children, vulnerable adults and communities, by looking at: 

  • Class A drug use in Brighton & Hove 
  • how it impacts the city 
  • agreeing actions around tackling those impacts 

One of our main aims is to increase resident trust and confidence in reporting drug harm.  

Community engagement summits

We want to get residents' views on solutions to drug harm in the city. We are organising two local ‘mini summits’ to get resident input on the aims and objectives. 

We will be holding the community engagement summits in Woodingdean and Queens Park. Our aims are to:

  • listen to resident concerns
  • share information about partnership work in the city to address drug harm
  • raise awareness of potential ‘cuckooing’ concerns (where a vulnerable person – often a substance user – has their home taken over by organised criminal gangs)
  • raise awareness of potential cases of child trafficking and exploitation
  • promote confidence in the reporting of drug harm and 'cuckooing' concerns 
  • encourage continued reporting of other drug-related anti-social behaviour and crime 

The rescheduled Woodingdean community meeting is taking place from 6.15pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 4 October 2022 at The Church of the Holy Cross, 2 Downsway, Woodingdean, BN2 6BD.

The Queens Park area community meeting is taking place from 6.15pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 19 October 2022 at The Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Kemp Town, BN2 1SA.

We selected the two areas to represent different geographic and demographic areas of the city.  

We are aiming for representatives from different agencies to attend the meetings. These include:

  • Sussex Police
  • The Housing Authority
  • Change Grow Live
  • Trust for Developing Communities 

Drug harm 

90% of organised criminal networks are involved in drug dealing.  

We frame our community engagement around impact on all residents.  

We’re also focussed on the wider harms felt by residents, such as associated anti-social behaviour and drug litter. 

We want to help people to feel confident about reporting all the harms associated with drugs. That way, we can direct resources to where they are most needed.

For example, a report disrupting cuckooing can reduce other problems, such as drug litter. 

Read more about the steps we are taking to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.