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& Alcohol Strategy Group
6 September 2001
New Chairman of The Highland Drug and Alcohol Strategy Group
The new Chairman of the Highland Drug and Alcohol
Strategy Group is Councillor
Councillor Ross said: "I am very pleased to
have become the chairman of the Highland Drug and Alcohol Strategy
Group, filling the shoes of Bill Robertson, who has been an active
member of the Highland Drug and Alcohol Strategy Group
"There is clearly no room for complacency over the threat and challenges associated with drug misuse and the Highland Drug and Alcohol Strategy Group provides an effective framework for a united approach across public services and the voluntary sector. It allows the maximum to be gained from the additional resources made available by the Scottish Executive and provides an important line of accountability. I would intend to work with the Strategy Group partners and devote time and energy to the chairman's role."
Councillor Ross is the Highland Councillor for the Golspie & Rogart Ward in Sutherland. He chairs the Highland Councils Sustainable Development Select Committee and is a depute chair within the Roads Community and Protective Services Strategic Committee. He was the founding chair of the Sutherland Drug & Alcohol Forum and was a past member of the Highland Drug & Alcohol Strategy Group.
The Strategy Group was formed in October 1997, to enhance the focus and commitment given to both drug and alcohol issues. A revised drug and alcohol strategy entitled Tackling Drug and Alcohol Misuse The Highland Way was developed in the latter part of 1999 and launched in February 2000. The Strategy Group accepts its leadership role within the Highland Area for setting the strategic direction to be followed by statutory agencies, the eight local Drug and Alcohol Forums and other relevant partnerships. The distribution of the Spending Review Allocations for drugs in March 2001 has increased, significantly, the role and accountability of those bodies responsible for drug action and requires considerable commitment from all those involved.