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Repeat Offending (Drugs)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of repeat offending among problem drug-misusing offenders there have been in each of the last six years.[130481]

Data are not collected in this way. But the New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (NEW-ADAM) research programme, which involved interviewing and drug testing a sample of those arrested by the police in 1999–2000, reported that 15 per cent. of arrestees were classed as drug misusing repeat offenders (defined as arrestees who reported using heroin and/or cocaine or crack at least once a week who reported two or more income-generating offences per month).

New nationally-representative measures of drug-related crime are being developed, including a new Arrestee Survey able to provide national estimates of drug-related crime, which commenced in September 2003 and replaces the NEW-ADAM research programme.