Effectiveness of Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) to reduce Acquisitive Crime: Secondary data analysis of Convictions from the Offender Programme and the Drug and Alcohol Team
PHE ePoster Library. Hennessy C. Sep 12, 2017; 186524; 63
Claire Hennessy
Claire Hennessy
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Abstract Introduction: Previous research indicates that acquisitive crime rates were linked to opioid use and both have dropped substantially since the 1990's. The purpose of the OST programme is to aid recovery and reduce acquisitive crime. Funder issues and a recent slight increase in Reading's acquisitive crime rates have led to this evaluation of the OST programme.Aim: This was to investigate whether offending rates reduced for service users of the OST programme.Methods: Secondary data over a four year time period was cross-linked from the Reading integrated offender management (IOM) programme with the Reading Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT). The analysis compared opioid users' conviction rates pre and during-OST treatment and with those who did not have OST.Results: This data indicated that 33% of opioid users decreased offending and a further 23% stopped offending completely when on OST. 23% increased their offending, were responsible for 21% of all convictions and 40% of this group were of no fixed abode (NFA).Conclusion: The results indicate that offending is reduced or abolished for 56% whilst participating on the OST programme. 23% (of whom 40% were NFA) increase their crime rate and concentrating on this subgroup may help lower the overall acquisitive crime rate.The process also highlighted ethical and practical challenges to sensitive data programme evaluation that crosses disciplines such as health and criminal justice.
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