Research and analysis

Impact of the reduction in heroin supply between 2010 and 2011

This report examines the reduction in heroin street level supply that occurred in late 2010 and its impacts on drug use and associated harms.

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Impact of the reduction in heroin supply between 2010 and 2011

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This report concludes that street level heroin prices remained relatively stable, but purity levels fell. There were reports that during this time, heroin use decreased with some users switching to or increasing their use of other substances, particularly benzodiazepines and alcohol.

During the period of reduced supply, new presentations to drug treatment for opiate use fell and there were no significant changes in drug related acquisitive crime, though there was a decline in heroin possession offences.

Published 21 January 2016