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Benzodiazepines: Misuse

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who misuse benzodiazepines presented themselves for treatment to the statutory drug treatment services in each year since 2000. (160161)

The number of people in treatment for benzodiazepine addiction since 2004-05, in the years we have the information available, is shown in the following table. The data in the table from the national drug treatment monitoring system show benzodiazepines as the main drug of use, and the secondary drug of use.

Benzodiazepine users

Number

Main drug

Second drug

2004-05

2,343

7,338

2005-06

2,666

9,337

2006-07

2,548

10,245

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made by the statutory drug treatment services for the treatment of clients whose primary problem is misuse of benzodiazepines. (160162)

In all areas of the country, those with an addiction to any drug should have access to a range of services in both the primary and secondary care settings to meet their needs. Treatment services are not categorised by a specific drug of dependence.

To support local areas in doing this the Government makes available substantial funding in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget to drug action teams, who are best placed to commission services to meet the needs of the local population.