Since the publication of the Imperial College drugs research in 2001, patterns and trends of drug use in Jersey have changed dramatically.
This report has been undertaken to provide an up to date analysis on the nature, extent and problems of illicit drug use in order to develop an effective five year drug strategy, using best practice guidance.
Some of the report findings confirm what we already know, eg that the drug problem within Jersey is being contributed to in part through the misuse of over the counter medication and the over prescribing of certain drugs.
The review has also identified the increasing impact of the new psychoactive substances (so-called legal highs) that are now being used within Jersey.
Alongside this new form of drug use, concerns remain over the continuing use of cannabis, cocaine, and heroin on the Island.
The review has shown that the prevalence of problem drug use on Jersey has remained largely constant since the 2001 research.
The report identifies a number of gaps in current service provision for drug users, particularly in relation to:
- shared care treatment with General Practitioners
- needle exchange
- drugs prevention education programmes
- joint working
- the importance of strengthening enforcement
It also provides benchmarks against which progress in tackling the drug problem can be monitored over the coming years.
The report cost £89, 194. £50,000 came from the Drug Trafficking Confiscation Fund and the rest was contributed by different departments under Home Affairs and Health and Social Services.