Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


According to Home Office statistics, 35% of people aged between 16 and 59 years have taken an illegal drug or used a substance unlawfully at some point in their lives. As part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, local authorities are responsible for commissioning drug misuse treatment services and primary care services are well placed to be able to provide information about local drug treatment services, and refer people to specialists where necessary.

This updated Guidelines summary covers the assessment of potential drug users and strategies to prevent drug use in people at risk of starting.


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