Heroin

Health written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment following the illegal use of heroin in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Information about how many people received treatment following the illegal use of heroin is shown in the table.

Heroin as primary drug of use Heroin as second drug of use
2003-04 78,931 3,656
2004-05 80,274 6,999
2005-06 109,100 9,714

The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) was introduced in England from 1 April 2001. Provisional data for total numbers presenting and numbers in drug treatment for 2001-02 and 2002-03 is not in a format to allow robust analysis of drug of misuse of those in treatment.

The information requested prior to 2001 is not available.

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