Search

Scourge of addiction to drugs and alcohol in Islington revealed

07:03 05 July 2012

Estimates show 6,800 Islington residents are addicted to alcohol

Estimates show 6,800 Islington residents are addicted to alcohol

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly 10,000 Islington residents are thought to be addicted to crack, heroin, methadone or alcohol.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Figures in a new report estimate that around 2,750 people are hooked on crack cocaine or opiates, with a further 6,800 dependant drinkers.

It means approximately one in 20 people in the borough could be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The statistics come from a report by NHS North Central London for a health scrutiny committee meeting on Tuesday, detailing how to improve drug and alcohol treatment services in Islington.

In 2010, the government changed how successful treatment was judged and a patient now has to be ‘clean’ for six months.

Islington is well below the national average against this new benchmark – 11 per cent compared to 15 per cent nationwide – although it does better compared with similar boroughs.

Jess McGregor, senior commissioning manager for substance misuse and prison health care, said: “It has to be stressed that these figures really are estimates, especially the dependant drinkers, which rely on possibly flaky data. We knew we needed to improve in some areas, but thought we were making progress. We were quite surprised to find we weren’t.

“This report doesn’t focus on the things we do well, like keeping people in treatment, reducing drug use and harm to users’ health, but we are all clear on what we need to do and we are excited and motivated.”

The report identifies several areas for improvement, but Ms McGregor highlights more support for heroin or methadone users, who are less likely to end up drug -free.

“It’s the biggest challenge but could make the biggest difference,” she added.

The report also stresses more provision is needed for people aged 18 to 24, including separate treatment for the age group. One member of staff from a unit said: “Putting 19-year-olds in with hardcore crack addicts is not appropriate or safe.”

The report also called for support for youngsters on softer drugs as it can often lead to addiction to harder substances. A member of a carer focus group said: “Cocaine forms part of a normal night out in Islington. People don’t see it as a problem but it can lead to addiction.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:18
Islington's Borough Commander Gerry Campbell Pic: Dieter Perry

A new crack police team designed to wipe out violence within the family will be launched on Monday.

Fri, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Richmond Trew

A “notorious pickpocket” who was banned from using the tube has been jailed for six months after breaching his ASBO to steal a purse.

Fri, 08:10
MP Emily Thornberry: 'I grew up on a council estate'

An Islington MP has resigned from Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet after her tweet of a house draped with England flags saw her branded a ‘snob’.

Most read news

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition