Skip to main content

Drug Rehabilitation

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what increase there was in facilities for the treatment for cannabis users between 2002 and 2005. (96843)

I have been asked to reply.

We are unable to determine if there was an increase in facilities for those seeking treatment who experience problems associated with the use of cannabis between 2002 and 2005, as drug treatment services are generally designed to meet the needs of a range of substance misusers, rather than for specialised cannabis users.

However, the percentage change in the number of people entering drug treatment between 2003-04 and 2005-06 where cannabis has been identified as the primary substance of misuse is an increase of 117 per cent. The percentage increase relates to numbers accessing treatment and not increases in the numbers using the drug. These figures in fact suggest that the Government’s substantial investment in drug treatment is paying dividends, with quicker access to more effective treatment for drug misusers.