15 things about alcohol and other drugs you may have missed March 2015

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15 things about alcohol and other drugs you may have missed March 2015 Andrew Brown Director of Policy, Influence and Engagement DrugScope @andrewbrown365

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National take home naloxone schemes should aim to issue 20 times as many kits as there are opiate-related deaths per annum; and at least nine times as many. Meaning there needs to be a minimum of 9,000 (and ideally 20,000) naloxone-kits issued annually across England. Sources: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09687637.2014.981509, http://www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/take-home-naloxone-and-naloxone-on-release-reduce-opioid-related-deaths/, http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/whyinvest2final.pdf, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/119120/consideration-of-naloxone.pdf In 2011 the cost of deaths related to drug misuse was ?2.4bn The estimated cost of providing 20,000 take home naloxone kits is ?600k

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Numbers of people with drug and alcohol problems claiming sickness benefits Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statistics-on-ibsda-and-esa-claimants-obesity-alcohol-or-drug-misuse-severe-stress

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Number of people starting drug or alcohol treatment under community and suspended sentence orders in England & Wales in 2013 Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/399389/impact-of-short-custodial-sentences-on-reoffending.PDF

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N = 1,242 Source: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2015-01-29.222733.h&s=drugs#g222733.r0 Source: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-09-09/208713/

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Month of re-offence for adult offenders released from custodial sentences of less than 12 months in 2012 who subsequently committed a drug offence Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/further-breakdowns-of-reoffences-by-type-for-adult-offenders

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Age-standardised alcohol-related death rates in the UK, per 100,000 of population Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health4/alcohol-related-deaths-in-the-united-kingdom/2013/stb---alcohol-related-deaths-in-the-united-kingdom--registered-in-2013.html

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Alcohol-related violent incidents in England and Wales in 2013/14 Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/focus-on-violent-crime-and-sexual-offences--2013-14/sty-facts-about-alcohol-related-violence.html

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As a proportion of all drivers who have taken drugs in the last 12 months how many have driven when they think they have been affected by their drug use? Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-provisional-estimates-involving-illegal-alcohol-levels-2013

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Estimated number of reported drink drive accidents in Great Britain Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-provisional-estimates-involving-illegal-alcohol-levels-2013

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Source: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-02-09/223902/ “Border Force classified seized drugs as having no commercial value when they were due for destruction, and notified the weight and type of goods to the driver of the contracted security company who transported the goods to incinerators. These consignments would have significant value to organised criminal groups, who might view them as an easy target. While Border Force had taken some steps to mitigate this risk, we remain concerned that the steps taken were insufficient. We therefore believe that managers at the highest level should be made aware of the risks that this practice represents, to determine whether they are content with the current disposal arrangements.” Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration The number of drug seizures by Border Force has gone up by 66% between 2011-12 and 2013-14 Source: http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Queens-Warehouse-Inspection-Report-FINAL-WEB.pdf

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Early Intervention Foundation estimate of costs of ‘late intervention’ by outcome “We use ‘Late Intervention’ as an umbrella term for a range of acute or statutory services that are required when children and young people experience significant difficulties in life, as well other support they may draw upon such as welfare benefits. This report provides initial estimates of the annual cost to the taxpayer of such Late Intervention. As an annual estimate it only captures the immediate fiscal costs, not longer-term impacts.” Source: http://www.eif.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SPENDING-ON-LATE-INTERVENTION.pdf

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Number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody for the possession of (a) class A, (b) class B and (c) class C drugs offence in England and Wales, 12 months ending March 2014, by the number of previous convictions Source: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-09-09/208713/

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There were about 250 recorded incidents of NPS being thrown into prison in 2014 Compared with 36 in 2013 Source: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-02-23a.92.2#g110.0

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Freedom of Information request to police services “For each of the last most recent four years for which figures are available, how many incidents have been recorded where the term ‘legal high’ has been logged?” Source: http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/UserStorage/pdf/Press%20Releases%202015/CSJ-press-release---legal-highs---06.02.15.pdf

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Percentage change in recorded crime by offence type between 2009/10 and 2013/14 Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/crime-outcomes-in-england-and-wales-2013-to-2014

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