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Caution against drug relapse threat

29th January 2009

More needs to be done by the NHS to prevent post-detox drug takers returning to drug use, a report has warned.

The Healthcare Commission and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) found the vast majority of NHS inpatient detoxification and publicly-funded rehab centres provide a good service.

But their report also noted that two-thirds of partnerships failed to monitor rates of overdose post-discharge, while around a third did not ask community-based services to carry out risk assessments.

“It is important that there is a balance of options available, so that people can get the treatment most likely to help them overcome their addiction,” NTA chief executive Paul Hayes said.

None of the 149 local drug partnerships in England were rated as “weak” by the report and 72 per cent scored “good” overall.

But 28 per cent of inpatient services and 41 per cent of residential services were failing to report complete data to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System.

“It is a national priority to address this,” the paper noted.

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