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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat, Truro and St Austell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment for heroin abuse in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Only part of the data requested are available. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse publish information from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) on the numbers of people in structured drug treatment.

As shown in the following table NDTMS figures for the numbers of people in structured drug treatment for heroin misuse, in each drug action team partnership area and by region were only published for one year, 2003-04 and since 2004-05 data are only been published at a national level. Data for 2007-08 will be published this summer.

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Cornwall 708 n/a n/a n/a
South West 2,013 n/a n/a n/a
England 78,931 80,274 108,000 117,305
n/a = Not available.

Prior to 2003-04 the numbers of clients receiving drug treatment were based on estimates.

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