October 6, 2011
The number of heroin and crack addicts needing treatment fell by almost 10,000 over the last two years, figures showed today.
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) said the number of people addicted to the class A drugs fell from 62,963 in 2008/09 to 52,933 last year.
The numbers accessing treatment for all drugs also fell for the second year running.
The NTA figures showed the number of drug users who have been treated successfully and are getting their lives back on track rose by almost a fifth last year.