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Health written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase year on year the proportion of drug users successfully sustaining or completing treatment programmes has been met thus far.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The proportion of drug users successfully sustaining or completing treatment programmes fell from 59 per cent. In 2001–02 1 to 57 per cent. In 2002–03 1 , rising to 72 per cent. in 2003–04 2 .

1 Figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are provisional.

2 In 2003–04, the methodology used for counting the numbers in drug treatment in England was revised to reflect numbers in treatment more accurately.

Note

The definition of structured drug treatment has also tightened with the implementation of Models of care for the treatment of adult drug misusers, which was published in 2002.

Sources

1. Provisional statistics from the national drug treatment monitoring system in England, 2001–02 and 2002–03, available on the Department's website at www.publications.doh.gov.uk/public/spndrugs0312.htm

2. Key statistics on drug misusers in treatment, England 2003–04, available at www.nta.nhs.uk/programme/national/ntdms_data_0304.htm

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