Number of people receiving substance misuse treatment drops in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 09:58 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 16 January 2013

The number of people receiving treatment for substance misuse in Bromley has reduced by nearly 100 people, an annual council report has revealed.

It showed that numbers had reduced from 651 people in treatment during 2010/11 to 555 the following year.

The drop could be attributed to the creation of a combined drug and alcohol service, ensuring patients move through to abstinence in a shorter time.

The service is delivered in three segments, beginning with stabilisation and assessment before moving on to recovery.

There has also been an increase in the amount of patients successfully completing treatment in the 12 months leading up to March 2012.

Non-opiate users ranked highest with a 49 per cent completion rate, above the national average of 40 per cent.

However, for opiate users the performance remains at seven per cent - similar to the previous year.

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