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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the participation rates of drug users in treatment programmes in Barnet are; what the performance of such programmes has been against targets in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (177979)

Data taken from the national drug treatment monitoring system reports that 885 people from Barnet entered drug treatment in 2006-07. Barnet drug action team set a local delivery plan stretch target of 834 entering treatment in 2006-07, exceeding their target by 51.

Of the 885 people, 83 per cent. (734) successfully completed or were retained in treatment for 12 weeks or more, which exceeds Barnet’s stretch target of 75 per cent.

A client will have been successfully treated if they have left a treatment plan drug free within 12 weeks, were referred onto aftercare e.g. supported housing; completed their own personal treatment plan within 12 weeks which would not necessarily mean drug free; as well as were retained in treatment for 12 weeks or over.