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  • Release date: 18 February 2014
  • Period covered: July to September 2013
  • Next update: 20 May 2014
A quarterly and annual report which includes data on clients seen at drug and alcohol treatment agencies.

Key points

  • There were around 7,700 referrals for treatment of alcohol or drug misuse notified to the database. During the quarter around 4,500 assessments were carried out by treatment services and 3,500 treatments commenced.
  • 55 per cent (4,300) of referrals related to misuse of alcohol, 37 per cent (2,800) related to misuse of drugs and 8 per cent (600) of referrals had no main substance reported.
  • Of those where a main substance was reported, 60 per cent of referrals were for alcohol and 40 per cent for drugs. Heroin accounted for 34 per cent of all referrals for which drugs were specified as the main substance, with cannabis (22 per cent) and cocaine (8 per cent) the next most common drugs.
  • Males accounted for the majority of all referrals for both alcohol (62 per cent) and drugs (73 per cent).
  • 88 per cent of all referrals treated in the quarter were done within 20 working days of referral.


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