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Drug crimes evidence briefing

Evidence briefing on strategies and interventions to reduce drug offences.

Drug crimes evidence briefing

This briefing provides a summary of the best available evidence on strategies and interventions to reduce drug offences. It focuses on police-led approaches and includes some examples of practice in forces that fit the existing evidence of what works to reduce crime.

Forces can use this evidence briefing to inform decisions about approaches to tackle drug crime.

We've identified evidence through a non-systematic search of the literature. Where available, we’ve drawn on existing systematic reviews from reliable sources. 

The evidence briefing is not intended to:

  • review all the available research evidence
  • present a formal assessment of its quality

The force examples provided have not all been independently evaluated. The examples do not reflect the full range of relevant activities that are currently being undertaken by forces.

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