December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
While the problem of legal highs is clearly an emerging issue which the police and other authorities realise needs to be very carefully monitored in the coming years, there is also the recognition that great progress has been made in terms of dealing with the problem of illegal drugs.
Figures released by Norfolk County Council have revealed the number of people in structured treatment in all of its drug services have fallen, with 2,560 being treated in 2011-12 compared with 2,672 in 2010-11 and 2,729 in 2009-10.
A spokesman said: “One of the key reasons for the drop in these figures is that people are getting into treatment very quickly when it’s needed, thanks to the investment that the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership have put into this area.
“More than 96pc of people in Norfolk are able to start treatment within three weeks after they present or are referred to our services – and often this is within a matter of days.”
It was a message mirrored by Norcas, which has been helping people in Norfolk with drug and alcohol addictions for more than 35 years. A spokesman said: “Huge strides have been made in both engagement of people affected by drug misuse and the effectiveness of treatment. Illicit drug use is falling in the UK due to both consistent well-targeted funding by commissioners of drug services and service providers developing their services to be ever more effective.
“However the growing use of so called ‘legal highs’ is a concern and more work is required to assess that growing risk. At Phoenix we also recognise the need to provide more support for the families of people with addiction problems and to identify ways to reach the most marginalised members of society who are in need of help. We hope that investment in drug services continues so that providers like us can address those issues effectively, with the support of the communities we work within, and for the good of all.”