Turning Point responds to NTA statistics on heroin and crack cocaine users

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the NTA statistics released today which show that the number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time, Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director of Substance Misuse services said;

"These statistics show that we are moving in the right direction and are to be celebrated; however, as the NTA notes we cannot become complacent. The substance misuse landscape is constantly changing and we need to ensure that we continue to offer the right support to the individual's who need it.

The increased complexity of those in treatment means that more intensive and co-ordinated work is required to ensure they exit treatment in a planned way and do not return. It is not uncommon for an individual to substitute a heroin or crack addiction with alcohol; therefore we must consider each individual's wider addiction needs in order to see continued and sustained recovery. We hope that the move to Public Health will support this by fostering closer links with health and social services to address people's wider care and support needs."