Public Health England has published the latest alcohol and drug treatment statistics, which are for April 2017 to March 2018
The report contains a wide range of data, which includes trends over recent years. This Public Health Matters article focuses on the following issues that this year’s statistics have shown:
- Alcohol treatment numbers are still falling
- Crack cocaine treatment numbers are still rising
- Better data on drugs and mental health problems
- Better data on parental substance misuse
- Housing and homelessness
All the data points towards treatment services needing to reach out to the most vulnerable people in their population and to make sure they are able to respond to changing patterns of need.
Public Health England has conducted a rapid inquiry to better understand what was behind the fall in numbers of people in treatment for alcohol dependence in England. The report, ‘PHE inquiry into the fall in numbers of people in alcohol treatment: findings’ sets out findings from the inquiry as well as recommendations and next steps.