Headlines: June 12th, 1998


The UK’s largest ever study of drug treatment has shown that every pound spent saves more than three pounds on crime.

The study, one of the largest in the world, is tracking more than 1,000 drug misusers and the effects of treatment on cutting drug use, improving health, social functioning and criminality.

The Government says that the report of the first year of the National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) clearly demonstrates that investment in treatment reduces drug misuse, risk-taking behaviour and criminal activity and saves money on criminal justice.

Tessa Jowell, Minister for Public Health, said: “The NTORS study will be an important resource for health and local authorities and all those involved in planning and providing services for drug misusers. It will show what works, what doesn’t and what may usefully be adapted in order to help ensure that we secure the best treatment results possible.”

Copies of the report will be sent to Health Authority Chief Executives, Directors of Social Services, Drug Action Team Chairs, Chief Officers of Probation and providers of specialist drug services. Further copies can be bought for four pounds 95 pence from the Department of Health, PO Box 410, Wetherby, LS23 7LN, fax: 01937 845381.