Priority: Reduce drug and alcohol misuse

1,619 In structured drug and alcohol treatment

Lead partner: Walsall Council Public Health

Why is this a priority?


You told us that you want to reduce the number of people taking drugs on our streets including alcohol and street drinking. Adult offenders are, in the main, motivated by Class A substance addiction. p


The link between reducing re-offending and drug and alcohol treatment is long established. The West Midlands PCC reports that each drug using offender not in treatment, annually commits £26k in crime to support their addiction. In Walsall  2019/20, there were 1,220 drug users in structured treatment (out of an estimated 1,915 users) and 430 in alcohol treatment (out of 3,360). The integrated drug and alcohol treatment services is an essential part of Walsall’s crime reduction offender management programme. It is aimed at engaging drug and alcohol using offenders in treatment, to optimise their recovery from addiction and to deliver an associated reduction in crime.


Our aim


Is to reduce drug and alcohol related offending and anti-social behaviour and prevent or delay the onset of drug and alcohol misuse in young people. 



Success will be measured by


  1. Engaging drug and alcohol related offenders in to treatment at each stage of the criminal justice system (arrest, court, probation and post custody)

  2. The rate of people successfully completing drug and alcohol treatment

  3. The number of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRR) and Alcohol Treatment Requirements (ATR) sentences made and completed.

Over the coming year we will


  • Reduce offending by increasing the number of people entering drug and alcohol treatment services

  • Develop an effective licensing policy with partners to reduce alcohol-related health harms and offending

  • Prevent the early onset of drug and alcohol use in young people through a coordinated partnership approach 

  • Reduce repeat drug and alcohol related offending by contributing to Walsall’s offender management processes 

  • Develop universal, selective and targeted prevention work with schools, community and youth services to work with young people who are at risk, or are already engaging in drug and alcohol offending related behaviour

  • Establish a family drug and alcohol court service with children’s services and the judiciary.


Over the next three years we will


  • Deliver the best outcomes for Walsall residents by aligning the drug and alcohol service’s offer to the Walsall plan and The Partnership priorities

  • Promote evidence-based approaches to reduce drug and alcohol related offending through effective use of data, research and good practice guidance

  • Build resilience and reduce drug and alcohol misuse and related offending through partnerships with key agencies to impact positively upon individuals, families and communities

  • Reduce offending by supporting and promoting recovery from addiction through establishing peer-led and mutual-aid support groups

  • Optimise opportunities to identify and train young people to become drug and alcohol peer educators in Walsall secondary schools.