Drug and alcohol misuse is associated with a wide range of health and social issues and creates significant costs to the public purse. Dependency in particular is commonly linked to poor outcomes in relation to physical health, mental health with anti-social and criminal activity that adversely affects individuals, families and communities. Estimates of the level of substance misuse in Brent indicate that the borough has rates of opiate and crack misuse that are higher than the London or national average.
This report is part of the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) which looks at the current and future health and care needs of the local population. The JSNA explores the wider social factors that impact a person’s health and wellbeing, to inform the commissioning of health services within the borough.
A list of all JSNA reports can be found on the Brent Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2019/20 open data page.