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Andrew Brown June 16
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Russell Webster

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

Interesting drug and alcohol facts June 2016

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June 2016 round up of interesting drug and alcohol facts from Andrew Brown focuses on Scottish Prisoner survey, rough sleeping and poisonings among teenagers.

Scottish prisoners, rough sleeping…and much, more more

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 focus on the Scottish Prison Service Prisoners Survey and cover rough sleeping statistics and the economic burden of ill health due to diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and obesity in the UK.

Some of the key facts I learnt were:

  • Two in five Scottish prisoners were drunk (41%) and/or under the influence of drugs (40%) at the time of their offence
  • A quarter (27%) of Scottish prisoners had used a New Psychoactive Substance before going into prison and one in ten (11%) said they had used them inside
  • The numbers of rough sleepers increased markedly in all areas of England in 2015

 

[If the slideshare doesn’t work on your device, you can see it here.]
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