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Drug Addicts

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered class A drug addicts there were in Basildon in the years 1980 to 1985.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to his question on 11 January at columns 559–60. The only information which has since become available is the provisional figures for new addicts notified in the Essex police force area in 1984, given in the reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster, North (Mr. Wheeler) on 11 June 1985 at columns 394–95.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the totals of the registered number of addicts in England and Wales addicted to (a) heroin and (b) cocaine, broken down by regional health authority areas for the years 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, respectively.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 287]: The available information about the number of drug addicts notified as addicted to heroin or cocaine relates to police forces areas and is given in the following tables for the years 1980 to 1983. Corresponding information for 1984 is not yet available. However, provisional figures for all new addicts notified in 1984 by police force area were

TABLE 1
New drug addicts notified to the Home Office during the years 1980–83 as addicted to heroin or cocaine
England and WalesNumber of persons
Heroin alone or with other drugs but not with cocaineCocaine alone or with other drugs but not with heroinHeroin and cocaine only or with other drugs
198019811982198319801981198219831980198119821983
Avon and Somerset22273456122327
Bedford381391222463
Cambridgeshire513171711412316
Cheshire1016506512164
Cleveland11323
Cumbria141413
Derbyshire212813
Devon and Cornwall61115151115
Dorset71018131111
Durham12351
Essex16263442222343
Gloucestershire510108112
Greater Manchester818731694315
Hampshire881926235
Hertfordshire21212723112313
Humberside2223131243
Kent172431271112422
Lancashire1431559313216
Leicestershire8135171112
Lincolnshire115211
Merseyside1729823611232
Metropolitan police district5638308481,42410111929587176156
Norfolk9811331715
Northamptonshire7788212311
Northumbria3358131
North Yorkshire1132515
Nottinghamshire1516910212
South Yorkshire1632304311022
Staffordshire1813201111
Suffolk224153
Surrey131916201524
Sussex36325179151386911
Thames Valley315141462392310
Warwickshire217131121
West Mercia25101711
West Midlands303775511322
West Yorkshire881721212132
Wiltshire12531121
Total for England9141,3341,6532,81215274551124134147269
Dyfed-Powys73671131
Gwent286113
North Wales2616
South Wales32711202321258
Total for Wales3914314923224912
Total for England and Wales9531,3481,6842,86115294853126138156281
TABLE 2
New drug addicts notified to the Home Office during the years 1980–83 as addicted to heroin or cocaine
England and WalesNumber of persons
Heroin alone or with other drugs but not with cocaineCocaine alone or with other drugs but not with heroinHeroin and cocaine only or with other drugs
198019811982198319801981198219831980198119821983
Avon and Somerset1042736111
Bedford471382124
Cambridgeshire657121
Cheshire5211121
Cleveland
Cumbria11

given in the reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster, North (Mr. Wheeler) on 11 June 1985 at columns 394–95.

Heroin alone or with other drugs but not with cocaine

Cocaine alone or with other drugs but not with heroin

Heroin and cocaine only or with other drugs

1980

1981

1982

1983

1980

1981

1982

1983

1980

1981

1982

1983

Derbyshire211111
Devon and Cornwall2464111
Dorset368111
Durham411
Essex1612161424
Gloucestershire33361
Greater Manchester1912231111
Hampshire689101
Hertfordshire151217122132
Humberside142
Kent327711112
Lancashire891423211
Leicestershire19116112
Lincolnshire1111
Merseyside10181722
Metropolitan police district286347427599323118273879
Norfolk2481212
Northamptonshire35751113
Northumbria21212
North Yorkshire12111
Nottinghamshire541252
South Yorkshire3761431
Staffordshire11
Suffolk12211
Surrey41215101113
Sussex1627244725335
Thames Valley6142224111
Warwickshire1123
West Mercia42
West Midlands112171911
West Yorkshire32341141
Wiltshire111311
Total for England4285547339495678335960124
Dyfed-Powys52231
Gwent22
North Wales1111
South Wales1291514411
Total for Wales171220201412
Total for England and Wales4455667539695678346361126