Addictions and Substance Misuse
Half of homicides and half of acquisitive crimes are drug related, and a large volume of crime and anti-social behaviour is linked to misuse of alcohol. There is also growing awareness of the links between problem gambling and crime. PCCs have a critical role to play in tackling the substance misuse and addiction that can drive so much crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities, working with their local and national partners.
Think Piece from APCC Joint Addictions & Substance Misuse Leads, Joy Allen and David Sidwick:
"The use of illegal drugs is fueling an epidemic of violence and criminality, destroying people’s lives and wreaking havoc in our communities. Statistics show that around 1 in 11 adults aged 16-59 have taken a drug in the last year and over half of all homicides and acquisitive crimes are believed to be drugs related. The figures are frightening, and the picture is bleak."