Developments in treatment for drug misuse offenders
The treatment of drug misusing offenders is a prominent issue, clouded in media commentary about the rights of those who are estimated to commit up to half of the United Kingdom’s acquisitive crimes (HMG 2008). The aim of this chapter is to provide the reader with an overview of developments in the treatment for drug misusing offenders. Initially, however, a general review of drugs and crime will be conducted. This will be followed by a background review of the development of treatment services in the United Kingdom and consideration of recent progress in treatments for drug misusing offenders. There is an additional section which will consider the issue of mental health and substance misuse, sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis or co-morbidity.