The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse collects data on the local services via the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS). The NDTMS does not record the specific substitute drug a drug misuser in treatment is prescribed and while the majority of clients will have received methadone, clients’ treatment programmes/regimes may have included buprenorphine and diamorphine.
The following table shows the number of clients receiving substitute prescribing in both primary care (general practitioner prescribing) and secondary care (specialist prescribing).
Number of clients 2007-08 131,468 2006-07 118,107 2005-06 107,093 2004-05 88,196
Number of clients
Figures are not provided for 2003-04 for data quality reasons. The current NDTMS data collection began in April 2004 and although some data was collected retrospectively for the period 2003-04 this is incomplete.