75% Rise in Prescriptions for Alcohol Dependency
- 30 May
In 2012, 180,000 prescriptions were given to people dependent on alcohol, which is the highest annual figure since the records began.
A government report shows that the number of prescriptions given to people for alocohol dependency has risen by 75% in the last 9 years.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre study shows that the cost of alcohol dependency is extremely high.
In the past year, the cost of the prescribed drugs totalled around £2.93 million and the number of prescriptions was an increase of 18% on the 2011 figure (£2.49 million) and an increase of 70% on the 2003 figure (£1.72 million).
There were also 1,220,300 hospital admissions where alcohol was the main cause of a disease, injury or condition in 2012, which is an increase of 4% from the previous year and an increase of 51% from ten years ago. This costs an estimated £3.5 billion a year.
Director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern Emily Robinson said:
The report highlights the number of admissions to hospital for alcohol-related conditions have risen by over 50% in the last 10 years.
The government must get a grip and implement measures that will prevent this urgent situation from getting worse.
Alcohol Concern estimates that only one in 16 people with alcohol problem is receiving specialist help as there is just not enough treatment available.
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1209276
- 24 Jul
Closure of London substance misuse clinic
Over the past two years the clinic has lost around £600,000 a year which renders the service "financially unviable". Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch told the July board meeting that, while she...
- 30 Apr
Young people being treated for substance abuse
Freedom of Information requests have revealed hundreds of young people are at risk of becoming addicts or have begun abusing alcohol and substances themselves, leaving many charities requesting...
- 28 Feb
Legal highs summit to be held by government
Norman Baker, the Home Office minister, has said that the substances were a "very serious issues" for public health. He added that they were dangerous as people buying the hallucinogenic drugs did...
- 21 Nov
OECD: Antidepressant use on the rise
Figures show that doctors in countries with more wealth are writing prescriptions for more than one in ten adults. Iceland, Australia, Canada and other European Nordic countries are leading the way,...
- 30 Sep
NHS could supply drugs to addicts says UK police chief
Mike Barton, one of England's most senior police officers, has called for class-A drugs to be decriminalised and for the policy of outright prohibition to be radically revised, reports the...
- 19 Aug
Chief Medical Officer Says Drug Addiction Is Not A Criminal Issue
She said:"Of course it's a medical problem, I mean addiction is a medical problem, and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice...
- 13 Aug
'Smart Drug' Fears Expected As A Result Of Rise In ADHD Prescriptions
Officials at the watchdog said:"Health workers should carefully monitor the drugs because they have a potential for diversion or misuse."There has been a 56% rise in the administered prescriptions...
- 25 Jul
Local resident supports people suffering with drug and alcohol addiction
Dave Guy is a founding member of Marah, a Christian charitable organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised adults in the Stroud District, helping them to move on from their...
- 22 Jul
Substance Misuse Service Raises Awareness
Rotherham's 'Know the Score' provides drug treatment and relapse prevention for children and young people up to the age of 19 who have problematic drug and alcohol use. The service is multi-agency...
- 02 Jul
Salvation Army Plan to Tackle Substace Misuse
The Salvation Army today announced an expansion of their social work, to increase outreach work to support communities with alcohol dependency and its effects on health, families and futures.The...
Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Everything was extremely useful. I like to hear about the updated case law and how things are changing. Also like to hear other delegates examples and the responses to their difficulties. Support solutions are excellent. K.B- Jephson Housing Association