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24 May 2015

Why reducing drug-related crime is important, and why the new government needs to act

This research and policy briefing explains why reducing the rates of re-offending amongst those struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies is a crucial factor in any strategy to reduce overall crime rates.

It describes one successful intervention which shows that we should be ambitious in supporting approaches which successfully move offenders towards abstinence and crime-free lifestyles. The briefing expresses concern that a recent reduction in the attention paid by policymakers and commissioners to reducing drug and alcohol-related offending risks losing the significant gains in this field achieved over the last two decades.