Rise witnessed in child cocaine treatment


According to details given by the NHS, there has been a 65 per cent increase in people receiving treatment for cocaine addiction in UK. These are teenagers which is cause of concern.
These figures correspond to the announcement by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) earlier. It was found by an NHS study, conducted by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, that the number these teenagers has doubled since 2005.
It was reported that users were combining cocaine with alcohol that causes more damage to the heart and makes users more violent. It was noticed that a six-month treatment treated four in 10 people and they were no longer addicted, but several left the treatment midway.
In England, about 12,354 people were treated for cocaine addiction last year. Between 2005-06 and 2008-09 a rise was seen in the number of people coming for treatment and the figures increased from 453 to 745, and the number of 18- to 24-year-olds doubled from 1,586 to 3,005.
The chairman of the ACMD, Professor Les Iversen stated, “The figures were deeply concerning.”
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both stated that a change was needed in the government’s approach to tackling addiction.

Source: www.topnews.net.nz 3rdMarch 2010

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