Russell Webster

Russell Webster

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

Interesting new drug facts (December 2016)

Latest round-up of new research from Andrew Brown drills down into substance misuse treatment data and needs of young people in custody.

Everything you need to know about the drug and alcohol treatment system

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 particularly on data from the substance misuse treatment system in England.

Among other things I learnt that:

  • 1 in 5 referrals to children’s social care include alcohol and/or drugs as a factor (slide 2);
  • The number of football-related alcohol arrests keeps falling (slide 7);
  • The number of drug seizures has fallen 11% in the last two years (but 3/4 of all seizures are still cannabis related);
  • Half of people in treatment for their opiate AND NPS use had housing problems, compared to 29% of those just using opiates (slide 25); and
  • UK young people are much more likely to have used cocaine and Ecstasy than their European counterparts (slide 32)

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365

If you’re looking for work in the alcohol and drugs field, check out my new jobs board with plenty of current substance misuse vacancies.

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