A new NTA presentation illustrating the crime reduction benefits and value for money of treating substance misuse is now available on the NTA website.
'Treat addiction, cut crime' has been developed with Police and Crime Commissioner candidates in mind, but all other local decision makers within the new crime landscape will find it useful.
The Home Office estimates that every £1 invested in drug treatment saves £2.50 to society, as well as benefitting communities and individuals, and research shows that the public support drug treatment because of this.
'Treat addiction, cut crime' is aimed at encouraging local decision makers to:
- Invest in services that work with drug treatment to support recovery and improve outcomes
- Promote drug treatment as a proven way to reduce crime and make communities safer
- Provide housing and support to help recovering drug users to stay off drugs for good
- Work with drug treatment services to identify and support vulnerable people.