A recent study shows that heroin and cocaine treatment is working in the UK, reducing users and reducing trips to rehab. Since the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) has been tracking the number of cocaine and heroin users in Great Britain, the number has now fallen below 300,000 for the first time ever.
According to the Guardian, “The number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time, according to the new figures published by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA).
“The decline in the use of the most harmful drugs comes as the NTA claims that its drug treatment programme, which reaches 63% of heroin and crack cocaine users, has prevented an estimated 5m drug-related crimes a year, such as burglary, shoplifting and robbery.”
In 2001, the UK government expanding funding for drug treatment as an anti-crime measure. And the results that are now in is that this has worked in reducing crime and reducing those addicted to these two hard drugs.