Evaluation of drug user programmes 'needs to improve'

Programmes to tackle problem drug use need to be evaluated more thoroughly to assess whether they are reducing drug-related crime, MPs have said.

The Committee of Public Accounts criticised the Home Office for failing to identify whether its strategy to tackle problem drug use was directly reducing the overall cost of drug-related crime.

'Given the amount of public money being spent, it is unacceptable that the Home Office does not know what overall effect this spending is having,' the committee said.

'It does not carry out enough evaluation of its work and does not know if its drug strategy is directly reducing the overall cost of drug-related crimes.'

The Home Office should introduce evidence-based measures to reduce the risk of relapse into drug use and offending, the committee said.

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