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Demand for crack and cocaine addiction treatment drops

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5616 (Published 08 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5616
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The number of drug users seeking treatment for cocaine and crack addiction in England has fallen for the first time.

A National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse report, Drug Treatment in 2009-10, shows that the fall occurred in all age groups but was particularly marked among 18-24 year olds.

The new figures show that the number of people having treatment for problems with powder cocaine fell from 8522 in 2008-9 to 7304 in 2009-10. The figures had steadily increased in the preceding five years.

For crack cocaine the number being treated rose steadily from 2005 to a peak of 5045 in 2008-9 and then dropped last year to 3686. For those being treated for crack and heroin together the number fell from 25 460 in 2008-9 to 21 341 in 2009-10.

Announcing the results, the agency’s chief executive Paul Hayes said, …

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