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Government meets drug treatment target

19th October 2007

The government has met its target in providing treatment to drug users, achieving earmarked treatment figures two years early.

A National Treatment Agency report detailed that over 195,000 people are now accessing drug treatment with over three-quarters of people completing or being retained for treatment.

The public health minister Dawn Primarolo described the figures as a “remarkable achievement” and stated that massive strides had been taken to meet targets that were set in 1998.

She went on to illustrate the benefits to both individuals and society that had emerged as a result of tackling the harm that drugs cause.

“These improvements have attained substantial benefits to society, with the saving of lives and a reduction in the victims of drug related crime.”

Ms Primarolo indicated that there had been a 20 per cent reduction in drug related crime as well as a slowdown in the number of drug related deaths that started to escalate in the 1990s.

This week, Alan Johnson responded to the Healthcare Commission’s latest annual health check report, insisting that the report shows “clear improvement” in the NHS.

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