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More people are looking help for problems with drugs

By Staff Reporter

The number of people seeking help for drug misuse in Northern Ireland is on the rise, new figures from the Department of Health have revealed.

However, the proportion of those battling alcohol issues is falling.

On March 1, 2017, almost 6,000 were in treatment for the misuse of alcohol and/or drugs.

The department said this figure had remained "relatively stable" over the last decade with the exception of 2014 (8,553).

However, in that time there has been a fall in the proportion of the total number of people in treatment receiving help for alcohol from four-fifths (80%) to two-thirds (66%). For drugs it has increased from 38% to 57%.

Of the 5,969 people in treatment in March, over two-fifths (43%) were in treatment for alcohol only, a third (34%) for drugs only, and a quarter (23%) for both drugs and alcohol.

A quarter of clients were receiving treatment in the Belfast Trust area. The figure was around a fifth in the remaining trusts, with the exception of the South Eastern Trust at 14%.

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