Drug misuse is when a person regularly takes one or more drugs to change their mood, emotion or state of consciousness. Their affect on health is well documented and recent studies have emphasised the diversity of effects and the impact of new drugs.
Although there are primary prevention interventions for drug misuse, most of these target young people and not those of working age. Prevention for the working age population is mostly secondary and occurs when individuals access the treatment service. A concern for Cambridgeshire is that an estimated one third of the drug using population does not access any services.