The entries below are our accounts of documents collected by Drug and Alcohol Findings as relevant to improving outcomes from drug or alcohol interventions in the UK. The original documents were not published by Findings; click on the Titles to obtain copies. Free reprints may also be available from the authors. If displayed, click prepared e-mail to adapt the pre-prepared e-mail message or compose your own message. The Summary is intended to convey the findings and views expressed in the document. Below may be a commentary from Drug and Alcohol Findings.
All the entries in this bulletin analyse research published by England's National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, work which forms part of the drive to convince local authorities to invest in drug addiction treatment after the protective ring fence around national funding is removed in 2013, allowing the money to be used for other public health purposes. Backed by data from the national treatment monitoring system linked to criminal justice records, the cumulative argument is that during the agency's tenure treatment has expanded and improved, and is now delivering the recovery outcomes desired by the national strategy as well as substantial cost savings arising from reduced crime. Disinvest and the result will be to lose some of these benefits and a net increase in social costs. Are the links in the argument securely forged enough, and even if they are, will competing demands and new priorities mean a retreat from addiction funding? If treatment survives and flourishes, these reports will take at least some of the credit.