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Projected service use and outcomes in 3-5 years and 5-10 years

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Substance misuse in children and young people [Update in progress] :: Projected service use and outcomes in 3-5 years and 5-10 years

There has been a small increase in the incidence of Heroin use among under 18's in Medway this year. The DAAT are considering needle exchange options for young people in the interests of public and personal safety. It is possible that if the population of Eastern Europeans increases over the coming years the prevalence of under 18 heroin use will also continue to increase. The users we have in services are known to each other and from the Eastern European community. This will increase demand on prescribing and needle exchange services which is costly. Translators are also sometimes required. 'Feeder' initiatives, such as Triage in custody (a targeted youth support intervention) is likely to increase the demand on services due to early identification. Commissioned services may need to be restructured should the skills balance need to shift. In the second quarter 86% of Medway's young people in care had left in a planned way, compared to the national average of 79%. We would look to maintain this level.