Drugs and substance misuse
Successful delivery of the government’s Drugs Strategy, ‘From harm to hope’ , in response to the excellent reviews led by Dame Carol Black, relies on co-ordinated action across a range of local partners including those in enforcement, treatment, recovery and prevention. Locally, we have built on the previous drug strategy, co-produced with our partners and developed a new whole-system substance misuse strategy for Kent (will publish for public consultation soon), in alignment with 'From harm to hope’ guidance for local delivery partners. This strategy is underpinned by the Kent Drug Needs Assessment which includes a variety of data sources, including hospital episode data, ONS and Kent substance misuse treatment service data, taking into account national guidance and reflecting the evidence base.
Data and reports
We have produced a Drug Needs Assessment for Kent.
Additional information can be found in our Health and Social Care Maps self-serve tool. We are constantly developing this resource in response to your feedback.
We also have available previous versions of drug needs assessments:
A number of organisations produce statistics relating to drugs and substance misuse, both at national and local level.