This is a summary of analysis on the costs and savings to public services from those receiving treatment for opiate dependence.
Understanding the costs and savings to public services of different treatment pathways for clients dependent on opiates
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In 2013-14, 79% of clients in the UK undergoing structured drug treatment for a drug dependency were using opiates. Every person’s treatment need is different, with different success rates, and different costs.
This research investigates 2 possible treatment pathways for opiate dependents:
- those that had a residential component to their treatment
- those whose treatment was solely in the community
This analytical working paper makes a relative comparison of the costs and savings to wider public services that might be generated as results of clients being on each of the 2 pathways. The public services considered include the treatment itself, welfare payments, housing benefit, employment, health, drug-related offending and prison.
The data available is limited and so many assumptions have had to be made, in particular it only covers 3 years and savings are not necessarily cashable. Therefore it is not possible to draw any conclusions about savings between the 2 pathways or more generally.
Data on structured drug treatment is held by Public Health England, and published annually in their Annual Drug Stats release.
Author: DWP Social Justice Analysis, with PHE contributions on analysis and drafting.