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Rosanna O’Connor

Rosanna O’Connor is Director, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco within the Health and Wellbeing Directorate of Public Health England (PHE). PHE was established in April 2013 with a mission to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities. Rosanna was previously Director of Delivery at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA). Having joined the NTA in 2003, she quickly assumed responsibility for all the agency’s operational activity. Rosanna was a previous Board member of the Youth Justice Board, chairing the Secure Accommodation Committee.
Rosanna previously held senior positions in two national voluntary sector organisations, building a significant track record of developing and delivering community, residential and prison-based services for a range of disadvantaged and complex groups of people.
Rosanna’s interest in health inequalities of individuals and communities is based on extensive experience of local communities, having been a leading elected member for 14 years, rooted in voluntary work primarily aimed at giving a voice to people marginalised by the system.

Rise of new psychoactive substances: new toolkit helps prisons address a growing problem

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Tackling drug use in prisons is important for addressing a range of criminal justice and health outcomes, including improving prisoner health, reducing drug-related offending and reoffending. It also serves to protect communities; lowering public health risks from blood borne viruses …

Health Matters - The importance of creating sustainable stop smoking services

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Local stop smoking services were established in England in 1999 as part of the Government’s commitment to help smokers to quit. These services have been phenomenally successful and to date have helped over 4 million people to successfully quit for …

Helping local areas address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use

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The latest official statistics on drug-related deaths in England showed the highest number of substance misuse related death since these records began and highlights a worrying rise in the number of older, more vulnerable drug users dying from heroin overdose. …

Involving recovering alcohol and drug users in the delivery and design of treatment and recovery

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It has long been accepted that successful recovery from alcohol and drug dependence is a long-term journey and not something that can be achieved alone. Support networks across communities and among those in treatment and recovery are an essential cornerstone …