The Probation Service has launched a new research report, Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Young Offenders on Probation Supervision in Ireland. This report presents the findings from a national survey undertaken by the Probation Service. The survey included all young offenders, aged 20 years or younger who were subject to statutory supervision on the 3rd December 2012.
Among the findings of the research were that:
- Almost 9 out of 10 young people on Probation supervision has misused drugs or alcohol or both;
- six out of ten had misused both drugs and alcohol; and
- a large proportion of young offenders, around 4 in 10, came from homes where there was drug or alcohol misuse.
The report makes conclusions on the implications of this data for provision of services to young offenders.
The Probation Service: 'Drug and Alcohol misuse among young offenders on probation supervision in Ireland'