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Treatment Figures

The Daily Mail:

The number of 16 and 17-year-olds being treated for drug addiction has soared by 30 per cent in two years.

And cocaine is fast catching up with cannabis as the drug of choice for teenagers, figures out today show.

There were 7,857 youngsters aged 16 and 17 on drug treatment programmes in England in 2007/08 – up from 6,058 the year before.

Worryingly, there was also a significant increase in the number of under-16s receiving treatment, up 17 per cent to 6,840.

The NTA say:

For clients aged under 18 years, cannabis was the most frequent main drug of misuse (78 per cent). Heroin or other opiates were reported for five per cent of young clients, and crack or cocaine was reported for six per cent of this group.


The full paper is here.  In it here’s a few things I noticed:

  • The proportion of those under 18 years old using heroin as their primary substance fell from 20% in 2003/04 to 5% in 2007/08.
  • 7% of clients were under 18 years old
  • Most (78%) of those aged under 18 years used cannabis as their primary drug, other drug types each accounting for less than 10% of clients, with heroin accounting for five percent. (How the Daily Mail drew the conclusion that cocaine treatment is “fast catching” cannabis will remain a mystery.)
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