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 in enforcement, treatment, recovery and prevention. Locally, we have built on the previous 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 account of national guidance and reflecting the evidence base.

Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

We have produced a Drug Needs Assessment for Kent.

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 also have available previous versions of drug 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.