Latest quarter (July-September 2010 (provisional))
• There were 7,726 referrals for treatment of alcohol or drug misuse notified to the database. During the quarter 4,732 assessments were carried out by treatment services and 3,483 treatments commenced.
• 56 per cent (4,305) of referrals related to misuse of alcohol, 35 per cent (2,690) related to misuse of drugs and 9 per cent (731) of referrals had no main substance reported.
• Of those where a main substance was reported 62 per cent of referrals were for alcohol and 38 per cent for drugs. Heroin accounted for 49 per cent of all referrals for which drugs were specified as the main substance, with cannabis (20 per cent) and amphetamines (8 per cent) the next most common drugs.
• Males accounted for the majority of all referrals for both alcohol (64 per cent) and drugs (73 per cent).
• 68 per cent of referrals for any substance were assessed within 10 working days of referral and 89 per cent of people were given treatment within 10 working days of assessment.
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