Andre Brown March 17
Russell Webster

Russell Webster

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

Interesting new drug facts (March 2017)

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Andrew Brown's round-up of the latest drug & alcohol stats reveals a staggering 60,000 people received substance misuse treatment in secure settings last year.

Drug & alcohol misuse and treatment in prisons

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 statistics about drug and alcohol use in secure settings.

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

  • A staggering 60,254 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol treatment services in secure settings in 2015/16 (slide 2)
  • 27 people were murdered on licensed premises in 2015/16 (slide 11)
  • In 2015 there was an estimated 294,000 years of life lost due to alcohol-related conditions in England (slide 15)
  • Sale of illicit beer is estimated to have cost the exchequer £950 million in 2014/15 (slide 24)


You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365

Blog posts in the drug and alcohol category are kindly sponsored by Breaking Free Group which has developed a powerful and adaptable digital health platform which targets the underlying psychological and lifestyle factors that drive addictive behaviours. Breaking Free has no editorial influence on the contents of this site.

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