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UK drug treatment policy aims to reduce the harm to individuals and communities resulting from drug misuse. Patients were commonly referred to multidisciplinary community services, rehabilitation facilities which include prescribing and detoxification. Given the number of professional services that a misuser can drop in to seek help in stopping the addiction and its related withdrawal symptoms, U.K.


This paper serves to argue the effectiveness of the harm reduction theory to fulfill reduction of criminal offense and drug misusers. There is the danger of the commissioned drug treatment services to post as accomplice to the generation of a growing population of legally walking addicts and offenders.
The criminal justice system (CIS) has a large portion of arrestees in England which at their time of arrest were tested positive for one or more drugs. Almost 63% of London arrestees were tested positive for heroin or cocaine use. It is acknowledged that these drug users and offenders made up a significant proportion of the criminal justice population. Referral schemes aims to exploit opportunities provided by arrest that may lead to coerce drug users to seek treatment. Arrest referral schemes aims to bridge the gap between the CIS and treatment services by identification of drug user detainees and referring them to treatment right after arrest. Referral is not considered as an alternative to prosecution in U.K. courts. ...
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