Opiates: Misuse

Department of Health written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 221072, how many and what proportion of opiate users were receiving treatment in each year since 2011-12.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Figures for the number of people receiving treatment for opiate problems for the years requested are in the table below.

Numbers of opiate users in treatment 2011-12 to 2013-14

Drug

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Opiates

96,343

93,434

91,560

Opiates and crack

63,199

61,620

61,353

Total opiates

159,542

155,054

152,913

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)

The most recent drug prevalence estimates suggest that there were 256,153 opiate users in England in 2011-12, and 159,542 of these (62%) received treatment in the same year. There are no prevalence estimates for 2012-13 and 2013-14, so equivalent proportions are not available for these years.

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