The National Treatment Agency prefer to focus on the number in treatment and the number retained for 12 weeks - the government's measures of success. There is no target for getting people off drugs. [Scott -- with the Blairite focus on targetting, doesn't this say everything, the one thing they haven't set a target for?] If pressed, they will argue that the data shows that those who left drug-free represent 11% of those who were discharged from treatment. That looks a bit better. But do you see what they've done? They have ignored the tens of thousands of people who are in drug treatment but were not discharged.
21 October 2008
Mark Easton's Blog
Mark Easton, the BBC's Home Affairs reporter, has had a series of interesting posts on his blog: on the growth, decade-by-decade, of births outside marriage , on heroin, heroin, where's Afghanistan's heroin, and on drug treatment programmes in the UK: