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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are (a) in treatment for drug programmes, (b) receiving abstinence-based residential rehabilitation and (c) receiving abstinence-based rehabilitation on a day care basis. (232882)

The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) records data about people receiving structured drug treatment in England. The most recent NDTMS data are for 2007-08 and show that 202,666 individuals were in structured drug treatment. There were 4,306 recorded in residential rehabilitation and 6,742 adults received in-patient services in hospital. There may be some overlap between these two groups. NDTMS does not collect data on the number of patients receiving abstinence based rehabilitation on a day care basis.

About one-third of the 100-plus providers of residential rehabilitation services in England do not submit any returns to NDTMS. As independent, voluntary sector organisations, they are not obliged to do so, and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse has no powers to compel them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which sites offer treatment incentives for drug users; and how many service users have been offered treatment incentives at each such site since the programme's inception, broken down by incentive offered. (232883)

The pilot programme of the use of incentives, also known as contingency management, began in June 2008, and currently involves 14 treatment services across England, offering a number of different treatment incentive models over varying timeframes. The programme finishes at the end of December, after which the programme's results and best practice guidance will be published. Information on the number of people offered incentives and the value of the incentives will be collected as part of the evaluation, but is not yet available.

The 14 treatment services taking part in the pilot programme are:

Addiction Recovery Agency, North Somerset Drug and Alcohol Agency Service;

Barking and Dagenham Substance Misuse Engagement Team (Essex);

Barnet Drug and Alcohol Service;

Bath and North East Somerset Community Safety and Drug Partnership;

Blood Borne Virus Project (Birmingham);

Counted4Community Interest Company (Wearside Substance Misuse Team);

Countywide Specialist Substance Misuse Service (CSSMS) (Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust);

Drug Advisory Service (DASH) (Tottenham);

Lambeth Harbour (Blenheim/CDP);

Lancashire Care NHS Trust Substance Misuse Service;

Mid Sussex Community Substance Misuse Team;

Newcastle and North Tyneside Addictions Service;

The Point Needle Exchange (Hull); and

Project Answer (North Tyneside).