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Drug Treatment Evidence Review 2017


An evidence review of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment in England

The Department of Health commissioned PHE to review the evidence on what can be expected of the drug treatment and recovery system in England and provide advice to inform future policy.

The review gives an objective assessment of the research evidence on what drug treatment outcomes are achievable and contrasts outcomes in England to the evidence and other drug treatment systems. It also looks at the impact of housing problems, unemployment and social deprivation on treatment outcomes and considers how drug treatment will need to be configured and measured to help ensure future need is met.

The full report is available here.

A detailed technical description of the projection methodology is available here.

Rapid evidence assessments (REA) of the evidence for treatment effectiveness (and international comparators), and unemployment and housing as moderators of recovery outcomes and effective models of support, were commissioned from independent academics. The three REAs are available below:

  • REA of the published evidence on drug treatment and recovery outcomes and international comparators, by The Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University.
  • REA of the published evidence on employment and drug treatment outcomes, by The Learning and Work Institute.
  • REA of the published evidence on housing and drug treatment outcomes by Gill Leng Housing Services Ltd
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