Treatment for heroin and crack cocaine use in England falls, data indicate

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6482
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

The number of adults starting treatment for using heroin or crack cocaine in 2010-11 was about 10 000 fewer than in 2008-9, falling from 62 963 to 52 933, the government’s agency for drug treatment in England has announced.

The fall was particularly large among younger people: the number of users aged 18-24 who started treatment for these drugs has more than halved since 2005-6, from 12 320 to 6108, with a fall almost as steep among 25-29 year olds.

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, a special health authority of the NHS, released annual statistics on 6 October 2011. These also show that 27 969 adults left treatment services “free from dependence,” which the agency defines …

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