Drugs, alcohol and youth crime: Counting the cost

TP crimeThis set of papers ‘Thinking Prevention’ will help those involved in drug and alcohol education and prevention to set out a clear public health case for their work.

Key Messages

  • Young people who drink regularly, smoke and/or take illegal drugs have a higher risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime.
  • Those who are involved in the youth justice system are at very high risk of health harms because of substance misuse.
  • Early intervention with children and families identified as at risk is essential.
  • Universal interventions in schools and youth services can help develop social skills, protective relationships, positive activities and values.
  • Attachment to school is a key protective factor.
  • Prevention includes support for those leaving young offenders’ institutions or secure children’s homes to avoid a rapid relapse into drug and alcohol-related crime and risky behaviour.

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