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Data from Public Health England about young people under the age of 18 who were engaged in substance misuse treatment in 2012-13

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Young people’s drug treatment in 2012 13

  1. 1. Young People’s Drug Treatment in 2012-13 Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)
  2. 2. “Adequate investment in young people’s substance misuse services helps prevent today’s troubled young people becoming tomorrow’s dependant alcohol and drug users. PHE will continue to provide the best available data and evidence to support local commissioners in making their case for investment.” “Problematic drink and drug use among young people is often a symptom of wider issues that also need to be addressed. There is a continuing need for local areas to provide a full range of services for young people and to ensure those services work in a joinedup way.” Rosanna O’Connor, Public Health England Director of Alcohol and Drugs
  3. 3. Key facts about treatment for under 18s • The number of young people accessing treatment is falling (down by 8.8% since 2010/11) but there were still just over 20k accessing those services in England. • Most referrals are still coming from Youth Offending Teams (30%), but a significant proportion are through schools and other education settings (24%). • Over half (51%) were in mainstream education, a further 19% were in alternative education (either PRU or similar) by contrast 19% were NEET and 2% were in employment. • Over 80% described themselves as white British.
  4. 4. • Cannabis (68%) or alcohol (24%) remain the primary substances that lead to treatment, but 80% seem to be using other substances too. • 12,947 young people exited specialist substance misuse services in 2012-13 and 10,208 (79%) of these did so because they no longer needed young people specialist interventions (they were all referred to other children’s services).
  5. 5. Age and sex of young people accessing substance misuse treatment services 4,500 4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500 Female Male 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 <12 12 13 14 15 16 17
  6. 6. Numbers in treatment by primary and adjunctive substances used 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 - Primary Adjunctive
  7. 7. Age of those in treatment for cannabis and alcohol 4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 Cannabis Alcohol 1,500 1,000 500 <12 12 13 14 15 16 17
  8. 8. Source of referral into treatment 8000 7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0
  9. 9. 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 - 17-18 16-17 15-16 14-15 13-14 12-13 <12
  10. 10. Numbers in treatment for cannabis and alcohol 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 - Cannabis Alcohol
  11. 11. Data source • Substance misuse among young people: the data for 2012-13 • http://www.nta.nhs.uk/statistics.aspx

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