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On Opioid Substitution Therapy, overdoses and much more This is the third post in a new monthly series reproducing Andrew Brown’s monthly slideshare of interesting new
This month’s slides cover the relationship between social deprivation and drug and alcohol problems, substance misuse related violence, the injection of New Psychoactive Substances and how much of Afghanistan is under cultivation for opium amongst many other fascinating nuggets.
I’ve long been a fan of Andrew Brown’s monthly round of interesting facts about alcohol and other drugs which he has unearthed from a wide range of recent reports, statistical releases and the like.
We are only just beginning to understand the full challenge of how to help people facing multiple or complex needs. People facing multiple needs are in every community in Britain and it is estimated that 58,000 people face all three problems of homelessness, substance misuse and offending in any one year. Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind which has just (2 June 2015) published a report advising policy makers on this issue.
The report recommends investing £216 million over three years which should realise extensive savings since the current annual costs for the 58,000 individuals with substance misuse, criminal justice and homelessness problems is estimated at between £1.1 billion and 2.1 billion per year.