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