Report re-affirms how important drug treatment is in cutting crime, as well as preventing alcohol and drug-related deaths and helping people recover from dependence. | Ministry of Justice | Public Health England
In England, almost 300,000 adults get help for drug and alcohol dependency each year. Most people receiving drug treatment are addicted to heroin or crack cocaine, or both, and many commit crimes to fund their addiction.
New analysis published last week by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has added to the evidence of how alcohol and drug treatment can help to prevent crime.
The analysis revealed that:
- In 2012, nearly 133,000 people started treatment for drugs and alcohol, 35% of which had a criminal conviction recorded against them in the two years previous
- Overall 44% of people in treatment hadn’t offended again two years after starting treatment
- The number of recorded offences by people in treatment fell by a third over the two years, from 129,000 to 86,500
- People who had been in prison before starting treatment, and those who dropped out and came back to treatment, were more likely to reoffend
- People who successfully completed their treatment, or were still in treatment at the end of the two years, were less likely to reoffend
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