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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people reported drug use in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last three years. (135993)

The main source of estimates of self-reported drug use is the British Crime Survey (BCS) but this provides information at the national and regional level only. However, the Home Office has commissioned a research study to provide estimates of the number of problematic opiate and crack cocaine users at local and national level. The results of the first year of this three-year study estimated that there were about 593 problem drug users (probable range 447 to 907) in Bexley Drug Action Team area in 2004-05. There are no comparable estimates available for previous years but this research project will produce estimates for 2005-06 and 2006-07 in the future.