Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) is a statewide health service that offers a range of prevention, treatment and education services for people with alcohol, and other drug issues.
DASSA is responsible to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and is part of the Department for Health and Wellbeing; providing policy and planning advice to the Minister and the Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing.
DASSA's strategic intention is the prevention and management of alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related issues across South Australia.
To achieve this, DASSA:
- advises on a whole-of-government approach to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the misuse of licit drugs
- advises on policy relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
- provides or brokers a range of prevention, intervention and treatment programs across the State with a particular focus on high risk groups and behaviours
- advises on evidence-based practice
- participates in research.
DASSA in partnership with South Australia Police, leads the implementation of the South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF 460KB). DASSA also has responsibility for administering the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 and works in partnership with a range of government agencies to help implement the South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2020.
DASSA's priorities and strategies are informed by:
- SA Health Strategic Plan 2017-2020
- South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF 460KB)
- South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2017-2020
- The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 and the National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018
- South Australian Methamphetamine Action Plan: Stop the Hurt
DASSA's work is based on the principle of harm minimisation. Harm minimisation has been the nationally agreed approach to alcohol and other drug problems since 1985. It involves a coordinated, whole of government approach to addressing the 'three pillars' of demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction.
- Demand reduction strategies designed to prevent the uptake of harmful drug use and to reduce drug use
- Harm reduction strategies designed to reduce the harms associated with drug use for individuals and communities
- Supply reduction strategies designed to disrupt the production and supply of illicit drugs.
DASSA operates under the legislative framework provided by the following Acts of Parliament related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, which are committed to the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse: