A generic, non-judgemental term preferred in the UK for illegal drug abuse or addiction, taking medicine without medical supervision or, for alcohol, consuming enough to put one’s physical or mental health at risk.
Our aim is to ensure people in Wales are aware of the dangers and the impact of substance misuse to enable them to take responsibility for their own actions and make informed choices and to know where they can seek out help and support.
Following the publication of the figures, a Welsh Government spokesman said: "While we welcome the fact that there has been a drop in referrals, the Welsh Government's Substance Misuse Delivery Plan 2013-15 fully recognises the importance of tackling substance misuse among older people, including those dealing with alcohol issues.
In response to calls made for additional resources to be allocated for substance misuse services, the Health Secretary has confirmed the ring-fenced substance misuse funding for health boards will be increased by nearly 1m, to over 18m from 2018-19.
Director of children's services at Manchester council, Paul Marshall, said youngsters in care battling drug or alcohol problems are supported - and that work to increase awareness of the risks of substance misuse is ongoing.