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The level of need in the population

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Substance misuse in adults [Update in progress] :: The level of need in the population

For Medway, the estimated number of Problematic Drug Users (PDUs) is 1,372 (95% CI 1,017–1,408).[1]

Figure 1 displays a collection of indicators using data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) (shown in colour) and other data sources relevant to substance misuse.[2] It shows the local value for each indicator compared to the highest and lowest value of all South East DAATs and the average for the South East. The darker shaded points show that the local value is outside the middle two quartiles of the South East range and the lighter shaded points show the local value is within the middle two quartiles of the South East range.

Figure 1: National Drug Treatment Monitoring Unit DAAT Profile 2009/10
Figure 1: National Drug Treatment Monitoring Unit DAAT Profile 2009/10 [2]

The data shows that 694 PDUs were accessing treatment services suggesting that approximately 51% of the estimated population of PDUs are in structured treatment. The majority of clients accessing services are primary heroin users, reflecting the Glasgow research which estimates that 87% of PDUs will be opiate users.

Medway has a lower than regional average number of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) clients accessing treatment and there is a need to ensure our services are meeting the needs of the whole community. Over a third of clients accessing treatment are pregnant or have children. The Windmill Clinic is an ante-natal service for drug and alcohol users in Medway Hospital and these clients have a continuity of care following the birth of their children through appointments being held at Children's Centres. Following an audit of all commissioned services this year a need has been identified around Safeguarding Children and Hidden Harm within services.


References

[1]   Home Office. Measuring different aspects of problem drug use: methodological developments (2nd edition) Online report 16/06 2006; Home Office. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110218135832/http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/rdsolr1606.pdf .
[2]   Drug Treatment Monitoring Unit. DAAT Profile 2009/10 2010; Drug Treatment Monitoring Unit. http://www.dtmu.org.uk/sph-files/2009-10-team-profiles-docs/adult-daat/J14B_Adult_DAAT%20Profile_0910_Medway.pdf/view .