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Increase in teenage drug and alcohol treatment


Monday, January 4th, 2010 Increase in teenage drug and alcohol treatment

New figures released by the NHS reveal that there has been an increase in the number of teenagers in England being treated for drug and alcohol misuse.

The statistics released by the NHS’s National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse show that treatment for cocaine, heroin and crack has declined whereas treatment for cannabis and alcohol has increased.

Specifically:

• The number of teenagers seeking treatment for heroin and crack has fallen from 1,081 in 2005/06 to 657 last year.
• The number of young people being treated for alcohol addiction has nearly doubled from 4,886 in 2005/06 up to the current total of 8,779.
• The number of teenagers treated fro cannabis misuse has remained constant with 55 per cent of the total being treated in 2005/06 and 53 per cent at present.

The statistics also show that there has been a reduction in the use of harder drugs among under-12’s. In 2008/09 there were no pre-teens treated for problems relating to amphetamines, ecstasy or crack and less than five were treated for cocaine or heroin misuse.

For all age groups the most common drugs are alcohol and cannabis. Treatment for harder drugs increases in the older age brackets.

A summary table containing statistics regarding treatment by substance from the past four years is presented below:

Teen drug treatment by substance (2005-09)

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Heroin & other opiates

881

755

651

547

Amphetamines

332

323

346

229

Cocaine

453

655

806

745

Crack

200

137

155

110

Ecstasy

325

432

438

210

Cannabis

9043

10824

12021

12642

Solvents

210

301

305

284

Alcohol

4886

7039

8589

8799

Other

174

183

241

270

Total


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