To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were dispensed for (a) subutex, (b) methadone and (c) other opiate replacements in each strategic health authority in each of the last five years.
The information requested is set out in the following tables.
The Government have made a substantial investment in drug treatment with £604 million being spent in 2007-08 compared to £287 million in 2001-02. The increased dispensing is largely a reflection of the significant increase in the numbers of patients in drug treatment over the past 10 years, increases in dosages and people staying in treatment longer (a measure of effectiveness) thereby receiving more prescriptions.
|Prescription items for subutex( 1 ) dispensed in the community in England|
|Strategic health authority (SHA)||February to December 2003( 2)||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|East of England||22.4||38.8||45.1||51.9||53.3|
|South East Coast||17.1||30.8||32.2||33.3||32.4|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||48.8||82.4||92.9||104.8||103.3|
|Source: Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA).|
|Prescription items for methadone( 3) (all formulations) dispensed in the community in England|
|SHA||February to December 2003( 2)||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|East of England||104.8||125.7||137.4||151.4||167.3|
|South East Coast||68.8||75.1||78.7||89.4||108.0|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||176.4||232.5||293.9||355.9||394.2|
|Prescription items for suboxone( 4) dispensed in the community in England|
|East of England||0||0.9|
|South East Coast||0||0.6|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||0||6.3|
|(1) Subutex is a brand name for buprenorphine and is a substitution treatment for opioid drug dependence. (2) The prescription pricing division of the NHS business services authority keeps data for only 60 months. The figures provided cover the period from February 2003 up to the end of 2007. The SHA is the one in which the prescription was dispensed. (3 )Methadone is prescribed for use in the treatment of opioid drug addiction, however it is also used in the treatment of cough in terminal disease and analgesia. The figures reflect prescriptions dispensed for all indications and formulations. (4) The only other substantive treatment for opioid drug dependence is suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. This was not dispensed earlier than 1 December 2006. Source: PCA.|