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

Key points

  • There were around 7,300 referrals for treatment of alcohol or drug misuse notified to the Welsh National Database for Substance Misuse. During the quarter around 4,300 assessments were carried out by treatment services and 3,200 treatments commenced.
  • 54 per cent (3,900) of referrals related to misuse of alcohol, 39 per cent (2,900) related to misuse of drugs and 7 per cent (500) of referrals had no main substance reported.
  • Of those where a main substance was reported, 58 per cent of referrals were for alcohol and 42 per cent for drugs. Heroin accounted for 37 per cent of all referrals for which drugs were specified as the main substance, with cannabis (24 per cent) and amphetamines (8 per cent) the next most common drugs.
  • Males accounted for the majority of all referrals for both alcohol (63 per cent) and drugs (73 per cent).
  • 89 per cent of all referrals treated in the quarter were done within 20 working days of referral.

We have recently consulted on the future method of releasing these data. As a result, future quarterly data will be published only through StatsWales. Annual statistics will not be affected.


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