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.
Number Main drug Second drug 2004-05 2,343 7,338 2005-06 2,666 9,337 2006-07 2,548 10,245
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.