||<p>We know that there is a strong link between drug misuse and offending, and offenders
who use heroin and crack cocaine are estimated to commit 45% of all acquisitive crime.</p><p>The
Government recognises that there are strong links between drug misuse and offending.
Our Drug Strategy is clear that supporting people to address their dependence on drugs
through treatment and recovery support is critical to tackling the risk of reoffending.
This includes the use of health-based, rehabilitative interventions within the criminal
justice system to help prevent further substance misuse and offending.</p><p>In addition,
I chair the National Retail Crime Steering Group which brings together key partners
to drive forward progress on tackling retail crime.</p>