Heroin (Criminal Activity)

Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Patsy Calton Patsy Calton Shadow Minister (Health), Spokesperson On Older People

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the costs of criminal activity in connection with heroin use in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Estimates of the costs of drug-related crime are not available annually, nor are they available by individual drug. However, a recent study published by the Home Office provides estimates of the total economic and social costs of Class A drug use and puts these in the range of £10.1 billion to £17.4 billion for the year 2000. The majority of these costs are attributable to heroin and crack cocaine users. The total figure includes the costs of drug-related crime, which are estimated to fall in the range £8.8 billion to £15.8 billion. The costs of drug-related crime include victim costs and those accruing to courts, prisons and other parts of the criminal justice system.

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