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Drugs: Misuse

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Craig Mackinlay Craig Mackinlay Conservative, South Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated by the NHS for drug abuse in (a) the UK and (b) South Thanet constituency in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows the number of individuals, in contact with specialist treatment services citing problematic drug use in England and Kent in each of the last five years.

Year

England

Kent

2011-12

213,149

3,669

2012-13

209,561

3,316

2013-14

210,293

3,240

2014-15

206,117

3,474

2015-16

203,808

3,448

The commissioning of drug treatment services in England is done by local authorities and the services are provided by a combination of National Health Service or third sector providers.

As health is a devolved matter, figures are for England only. The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System collects data by local authority areas in England; it is not available for parliamentary constituency areas.

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