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Population estimates of problematic drug users who access DWP benefits: a feasibility study

Citation
Hay G & Bauld L (2008) Population estimates of problematic drug users who access DWP benefits: a feasibility study. Department for Work and Pensions Working Paper, 46. Department for Work and Pensions.

Abstract

It is estimated that there are approximately 330,000 adults in England who use drugs such as heroin or crack cocaine. Studies often highlight that the majority of users are not in employment and derive most of their income from state benefits. However, estimates of the nature or extent of this type of problem drug use amongst the population who are in receipt of Department for Work and Pensions benefits were in need of revision to take into account new work carried out by the Home Office.

This study was set up to examine the feasibility of using certain innovative techniques to provide estimates of the number of problem drug users accessing DWP benefits. The main results of the study show the number of opiate and/or crack cocaine users accessing benefits in 2006, and these estimates are presented by type of benefit, including Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support and Incapacity Benefit.

StatusPublished
AuthorsHay Gordon, Bauld Linda
Title of seriesDepartment for Work and Pensions Working Paper
Number in series46
Publication date07/2008
URLhttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/…sd/asd5/WP46.pdf
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
ISBN 978 1 84712 328 2
LanguageEnglish
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