Drugs: Misuse

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS of drug addiction; and if his Department will publish an estimate of those annual costs in each financial year since 2010-11.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The costs of drug addiction are difficult to estimate due to the range of impacts. The latest estimates by the Home Office, in the 2017 Drug Strategy, suggest that in the United Kingdom society bears an estimated £10.7 billion of drug-related costs in terms of crime, healthcare and law enforcement. There are no plans to publish estimates of the annual costs to the National Health Service of drug addiction.

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