Drug addict numbers increase by 130%

The number of drug addicts in England accessing treatment has increased by 130 per cent since 1998, figures from the National Treatment Agency show.

In 2006/7 an estimated 195,000 people were being treated for drug problems. Three out of four people getting treatment are continuing for 12 weeks or longer, indicating successful treatment outcome.

Among adult clients, the most common drug problem was with heroin (66 per cent). In the under-18s cannabis was main drug of misuse (75 per cent).

For more information visit the National Treatment Agency website .

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com


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