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Essex Probation

Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse - InjectingBetween 2011 and 2012, an estimated 8.9% of adults used an illegal drug. For young people aged between 16 and 24, the figure was 19.3%. Although this is the lowest level of drug use since the government started collecting figures in 1996, it is still a major drain on public resources. The government estimates that crimes related to drugs cost the UK £15.4 billion every year.

Alcohol issues

Charities and government figures tell us that there are fifty times more deaths from drinking every year than there are for illegal drugs. 80% of public disorder crimes are alcohol-related. Victims of violence believed the perpetrators to be under the influence of alcohol in 50% of all violent incidents. The number of dependent drinkers is over 1½ million.

Different categories of crime

It is our job to work with those people who are sent to us by the courts and whose substance abuse has led to crime, which can include dealing in, or possession of illegal substances, or crimes committed to maintain drug and alcohol habits, or crime committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Agency expertise

In Essex, a number of partner agencies work with us to provide a range of alternatives, either to fulfill a court order with substance abuse treatment as a requirement, or to respond to need identified during offender supervision.

Referrals by Offender Manager

Where substance misuse is identified as a problem, the Offender Manager will refer people to the most appropriate service, while offering guidance and support in their efforts to deal with their problem.

Our partners

Substance Misuse
Southend: The Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI), and Southend Community Drug and Alcohol Service

Thurrock: KCA

Essex County Council area: Inside Out (operated by the Westminster Drug Project [WDP]), Open Road, Synergy, Oxford Road Project and ADAS.

Any offender who requires prescribed medication comes under the care of the local NHS community Drug and Alcohol Service

Anyone who has a physical dependancy on alcohol is under the care of the NHS Community Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS); the Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) forms part of the treatment.

Binge drinking or increasing risk of alcohol misuse are dealt with according to need. See our Table.