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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Interesting new drug facts – August 2017

This month's incisive analysis of the latest drug trends by Andrew Brown drills down into another year of reduced public spending on drug & alcohol treatment.

This is the latest post in a monthly series reproducing Andrew Brown’s monthly slideshare of interesting new facts about alcohol and other drugs which he has unearthed from a wide range of reports.

Andrew works for MEAM/Making Every Adult Matter, the coalition of three national charities (Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind) who champion the cause of people experiencing multiple needs and who have been kind enough to allow Andrew’s monthly slideshares to be re-published here.

This month’s slides provide an analysis of central and local government spending on substance misuse and drug-related activity.

Here are some of the things I learnt from Andrew’s round-up this month:

  • Over 29,000 people were admitted to an English hospital for alcohol withdrawal in 2015/16 (slide 2).
  • The budgets for drug and alcohol treatment for both adults and young people were cut last year (slide 5).
  • Prison Inspectors reported a rise in the proportion of women arriving in prison with drug and/or alcohol problems (slide 19).

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365


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