Drugs and substance misuse

Drug addiction leads to significant crime, and has substantial health and social costs.  Evidence-based drug treatment reduces these and delivers real savings, particularly in crime costs, but also in savings to the NHS through health improvements, reduced drug-related deaths and lower levels of blood-borne disease.

It is estimated that there are more than 5,000 problem drug misusers in Kent.

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Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

Information on hospital admissions for mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substances can be found in the 'mental health and wellbeing' and 'inequalities' sections of our Health and Social Care Maps.

We have also produced the following needs assessments:

Library services

The Public Health and Social Care Library can provide access to library and knowledge services, including books and journal articles relating to drugs and substance misuse. We can also produce bespoke literature searches.

Please contact the public health specialist librarian: emma.ramstead@nhs.net


If you can't find what you were looking for, we complete over 200 ad-hoc requests for analysis each year. Request further analysis or a literature search or contact us.
External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce statistics relating to drugs and substance misuse, both at national and local level.