What we are doing about drugs
Our aim: To make Portsmouth a place where young people choose not to use drugs, and people that experience drug problems and their families receive appropriate support.
Our work on getting more people into treatment is going well, and the new recovery hub is making good use of peer recovery support. There is now a more efficient use of detox and rehab. We now have more accurate data, however we need to work hard make sure our treatment services work; it is possible the number of opiate and cocaine users has increased locally and so we need to continue to increase the number of people in drug treatment and recovery.
There was a significant increase in the number of people in drug treatment – 852 in 2013 compared with 749 the previous year. However, Portsmouth has seen an estimated 24.9% increase in the number of opiate and cocaine users between 2010/11 and 2011/12, against a national decrease. The 2014 Community Safety Survey found 5.7% of Portsmouth residents who were surveyed reported experiencing drug related anti-social behaviour in the previous 12 months.