Skip to content
Text size: A A A
Open Menu

Substance Misuse

Addressing drug and alcohol misuse is crucial within the criminal justice system for several compelling reasons:

  • Reducing Recidivism: Drug treatment programs play a pivotal role in reducing reoffending rates among offenders. When individuals confront their addiction through specialised support, they are 33% less likely to commit further crimes compared to those who receive standard sentences.
  • Complex Link: There exists a well-established and intricate connection between drugs, alcohol, and criminal behaviour. Many people who misuse drugs are also involved in criminal activities. However, drug treatment can help prevent this cycle. In England, nearly 300,000 adults seek help for drug and alcohol dependency annually. Most of these individuals are addicted to heroin or crack cocaine, and some resort to crime to fund their addiction.
  • Evidence-Based Impact: Analysis by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) demonstrates how alcohol and drug treatment can prevent crime, showing that among those who started:
    • 44% did not reoffend within two years after beginning treatment.
    • The number of recorded offences by people in treatment decreased by one-third over two years.
    • Successful completion of treatment or ongoing treatment correlated with lower reoffending rates.
  • Beyond Treatment: Recognising that many offenders face additional challenges such as homelessness, unemployment, and dysfunctional family backgrounds, addressing drug misuse is essential not only for crime reduction but also for preventing alcohol and drug-related deaths and supporting recovery from dependence.

In summary, robust drug and alcohol treatment programs contribute significantly to crime reduction, enhance public safety, and promote healthier communities.

Drug and Alcohol Strategic Partnership (DASP)

Warwickshire’s DASP oversees and coordinates partnership activity seeking to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol misuse in the county, along with its individual and societal impacts. This Board also subsumes the responsibilities of a local Combatting Drugs Partnership as required by the Government’s 10-year drug strategy.

The DASP reports to Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board and focuses on activity under three strategic pillars:

  • Breaking drug supply chains
  • Delivering a world-class treatment and recovery system
  • Achieving a generational shift in the demand

The Deputy PCC has an important role in chairing the DASP Board; leading, supporting, joining up, and monitoring the work being undertaken to tackle substance misuse. Representatives from the PCC’s Office are members of the Board and its various subgroups, and have provided close support in the formulation of Warwickshire’s DASP Strategy and delivery plan.