Substance misuse is one of the biggest health problems we face as a nation and is a substantial burden on the economy. Government figures show that class A drug use alone creates £15.4billion in crime and health costs annually, while alcohol misuse, through crime and lost working days costs society £17 billion a year, and the NHS an additional £2.7 billion annually.
In March 2012 the government launched its most recent Alcohol Strategy which aims to crack down on alcohol fuelled crime, curb Britain’s drinking culture and slash the number of alcohol related health issues. The Home Office also published, in May 2012, the first review of its Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug-free life drug strategy, which provides an update on progress in meeting commitments to tackle substance misuse along with its associated problems, and identifies priorities for the year ahead.
The government is committed to facilitating a multi-agency approach in addressing the issues surrounding substance misuse, and shifting the national agenda towards recovery and rehabilitation. As part of this shift in agenda, budgets for substance misuse will now be distributed by local authorities, where payment-by-results schemes are being piloted, and £4 million in Choice Grants is now available for organisations reducing and preventing substance misuse in vulnerable groups of young people.
Tackling substance misuse is a top priority for the coalition government. This forum will bring together a range of leading figures to discuss the step change in the government’s strategy for developing a recovery-focused system; focusing on best practice for efficiently reducing substance misuse and its associated problems through working in multi-agency partnerships.
Delegates attending will include community safety teams, police, drug and alcohol action teams, youth offending teams, rehabilitation workers, mental health services, social workers, education authorities, licensing teams, social inclusion officers, community cohesion officers, local criminal justice boards, prison/probation services and PCTs.
For more information or to reserve your place, please visit the event page on the Inside Government website.