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."

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News

New consequences for drug possession

APCC Addictions and Substance Misuse Leads respond to Government's White Paper on drug possession.

Tackling Drug Related Crime – Getting It Right For Future Generations

Think Piece from APCC Joint Addictions & Substance Misuse Leads, Joy Allen and David Sidwick.

Drugs Strategy vital in reducing crime

APCC Drug and Substance Misuse Leads welcome next phase of gov's 10-year strategy.

PCCs encourage closer partnership working to tackle drug misuse

Three PCCs appeared in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee to contribute to its drugs policy inquiry.

APCC portfolio responds to Home Affairs Select Committee Report on spiking

APCC Joint Leads on Addictions and Substance Misuse respond to HASC report on spiking.

Tougher UK gambling regulation needed to protect communities

Joy Allen & David Sidwick, APCC Leads on Addictions & Substance Misuse, support calls for councils to have more powers with respect to gambling premises.

Videos

APCC Leads for Addictions and Substance Misuse (Update 2)

A further portfolio update from the APCC leads on Addictions & Substance Misuse.
20/05/2022

APCC Leads for Addictions and Substance Misuse (Update 1)

An update from Joy Allen and David Sidwick on their Addictions & Substance Misuse Portfolio.
19/05/2022

David Sidwick & Joy Allen, APCC Joint Leads for Alcohol and Substance Misuse

David and Joy explain how they are working together to address the detrimental effects of addiction and substance misuse in communities.
16/11/2021

David Sidwick, APCC Joint Lead for Alcohol and Substance Misuse

David Sidwick, APCC Joint Lead for Alcohol & Substance Misuse & PCC for Dorset.
25/08/2021

Resources and Publications

alcohol-and-drugs-in-focus-v10-final.pdf, 2.41Mb