Niada News

CESI and NIADA Capture Service Users Experience During Lockdown.


2020 has been blighted by a global pandemic for which the outcome and extent for all of us is still unknown. However, even the most difficult of times can offer the opportunity to learn and grow. NIADA were gifted such an opportunity by Queens University’s Centre of Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI). The opportunity to take a snapshot in time and record the behaviour and trends of a range of service users, across Northern Ireland, who were participating in the substance use services and interventions of NIADA members.

Thanks to CESI this short survey has provided NIADA with a range of valuable information upon which members, policy makers, influencers and others can utilise to plan and improve services as we strive to meet service users complex and diverse needs post-COVID.

This vital information could not be more timely as the Department of Health, responsible for leading and co-ordinating action on Northern Ireland’s new substance use strategy, issue ‘Making Life Better – Preventing Harm and Empowering Recovery: A Strategic Framework to Tackle the Harm from Substance Use’ for public consultation. The first critical review in nearly 10 years.

I wish to thank all those who took part in this survey, particularly the service users. I commend the NIADA members for committing to the process and for reviewing and commenting on this report during a very trying and stressful time for their staff. I am extremely grateful for all your efforts and applaud you all for stepping up and standing out.

NIADA’s services users experience and feedback, documented in this report, will galvanise NIADA’s resolve to ensure the right services are available throughout Northern Ireland, in the right place, at the right time.

Anne-Marie McClure Chair – NIADA

To download the full findings please click HERE

Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workforce in Northern Ireland - Open for Booking

Andrea Trainor

Registration is now open for the launch of our research piece with QUB on 10thNovember.

Please book your place as soon as possible by clicking the “Book Now” button below.

Save The Date: Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workforce in Northern Ireland


Save the Date: Tuesday 10th November @ 10am Via Zoom

Review of Research Piece: Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workforce in Northern Ireland presented by Dr Anne Campbell and Dr Carolyn Blair, QUB

More details coming soon, all welcome

Download information sheet here

NIADA Blog - August 2020

Anne-Marie McClure

As I sit here contemplating how to write a blog – I find myself reflecting on how we, as human beings, have this wonderful ability to change and adapt.

Here we are almost 6 months into a global pandemic doing things we would have found incomprehensible last August

– Remote working

– Social distancing

– Wearing face coverings

– Hand sanitiser – new best friend

– Queuing for everything

– Pubs closed and restaurants becoming to new go to for a night out

– No live indoor entertainment

– No sun holidays unless you are very brave or very lucky

– And the list goes on….

Weirdly this new world has acted as a kind of catalyst for NIADA.  The Northern Ireland Alcohol and Drug Alliance (NIADA), for those of you who don’t know, is a membership initiative providing Voluntary and Community Sector providers of Alcohol and Drug services an independent voice.  The Alliance has built excellent relationships with DOH, PHA, PSNI, QUB and more importantly, with each other.

Our purpose includes: (now for the official stuff!)

  • To come together with a cohesive voice to advocate and influence policy, practice and service delivery
  • Campaign for voluntary and community sector involvement in development, design and delivery of drug and alcohol services
  • Take forward a ‘manifesto’ and lead on its implementation

NIADA members meet regularly – 6 weekly in fact.  We also have a number of very busy subgroups covering Comms & Policy, Minimum Unit Pricing and building a business case for a Transitional Residential Facility for Young People 18-25yrs.

Andrea is NIADA’s Support Officer, who does most of the heavy lifting.  So, if you are interested in hearing a little bit more or even better want to join us – give her a call on 07814 642354 or email her on

Intenational Overdose Awareness Day


International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event which is held on August 31st to help raise awareness of overdose and to help reduce stigma of substance use related deaths.   Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Having Naloxone and being able to administer it if needed saves lives.

To find out more watch this short video from Chris at Extern about how to use Naloxone.

To find out more about the benefits of Naloxone training have a look at this short video from Preeti at DAISY/ASCERT

Needle Exchange


There have been some changes to needle exchange services in Belfast recently.   Click HERE to access information on services available at this time.