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Drugs and Alcohol

Drug and alcohol misuse is clearly associated with severe mental health problems which many older ex-offenders and prisoners experience.  We aim to deliver an holistic approach to support people, both in and outside prison, in order to prevent re-offending.

It has been estimated (Impact Pathways website July 2015) that alcohol contributes to:

  • 40% of violent crime
  • 78% of assaults
  • 88% of criminal damage
  • 70% of stabbing and beatings
  • 40% of all domestic violence incidents

Impact Pathways offer practitioners and service users access to 30 alcohol treatment providers in the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Avon and Somerset areas.

Problematic drug-using offenders have particularly high rates of offending, but they also have high rates of a range of other problems, such as homelessness, unemployment, low educational attainment and disrupted family background, which make the relationship between drugs and crime more complex and the task of rehabilitation more challenging (Impact Pathways website July 2015).

  • At least 1 in 8 arrestees (equivalent to about 125,000 people in England and Wales) are estimated to be problem heroin and/or crack users, compared with about 1 in 100 of the general population.
  • 81% of arrestees who used heroin and/or crack at least once a week said they committed an acquisitive crime in the previous 12 months, compared with 30% of other arrestees.
  • 31% reported an average of at least one crime a day, compared with 3% of other arrestees.
  • Between a third and a half of new receptions to prison are estimated to be problem drug users (equivalent to between 45,000 and 65,000 prisoners in England and Wales).
  • Drug-related crime costs an estimated £13.5 billion in England and Wales alone.

Impact Pathways offer practitioners and service users access to organisations who can offer help with drug addiction in the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Avon and Somerset areas.

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