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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were prescribed methadone and other hard drug substitutes in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the size is of the waiting list for substitutes programmes. (226858)

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) collects data on the types of treatment a client receives via the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS). The majority of clients will have received methadone, as part of their treatment programme/regime. Other substitute medication which clients may have received includes buprenorphine and diamorphine. However the data do not differentiate between the types of substitute medication prescribed to clients.

Type of treatment

2007-08

Specialist prescribing

99,963

GP prescribing

47,036

Note:

These figures may overlap as clients can receive treatment in both a specialist and GP setting in any given year.

The following is taken from NDTMS statistics published in October 2008 and relates to the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008.

Waiting times for treatments started during 2007-08—first and subsequent interventions

Waiting time less than or equal to 3 weeks

Waiting time greater than 3 weeks

Modality

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Specialist prescribing

41,276

91

3,976

9

GP prescribing

15,446

92

1,315

8

The report from which these figures are taken is available for download from the NTA website at:

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/areas/facts_and_figures/0708/docs/ndtms_annual_report_2007_08_011008.pdf.