BDP opened its doors in the city in 1986, delivering services to individuals, families and communities affected by drugs and alcohol, which reduce harm, maximise individuals’ potential and promote independence from drugs and alcohol.
BDP has been at the forefront of harm reduction for 35 years in Bristol and nationally, operating one of the first needle exchanges in England, supporting people through detox and developing support for a new generation of young people using heroin in the early 90’s before Youth Offending Teams and specialist Child & Mental Health Services were developed.
They remain committed to meeting the needs of different populations e.g. running groups for women, older people and people identifying as LBGTQ+ and developing new initiatives to reduce harm including a drug education programme which offers young people arrested in possession of any drug an alternative to a criminal justice disposal. Despite the challenges of Covid, BDP supported 2,807 individual adults and young people during 2020/21, maintaining face-to-face support wherever safe to do so.
“Maximising People’s Potential: Promoting Independence from Drugs & Alcohol”