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.

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 Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 09:00
Islington Gazette: August 29, 1986

Daredevil Gooners seeking a bird’s eye view of Arsenal games were warned they were dicing with death.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Peter and Alan Arthy at the Mears Group HQ in Caledonian Road

“I was 14 and the career officer came round. He said to me ‘right you’ve got three options; making women’s handbags, a dustman or a painter and decorator’.”

Friday, August 26, 2016
Fabric nightclub in Charterhouse Street. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two 18-year-old boys who died after taking ecstasy at Fabric had bought the class A drug from strangers inside the Farringdon club, where substance abuse is rife and security lax, an explosive report today alleges.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

A commuter has described his horror at seeing a boy attacked on a bus in Caledonian Road, in an incident believed to be linked to a stabbing on a nearby Overground platform.

Friday, August 26, 2016
John Ball, pictured on January 31, on the balcony of the second floor flat in which he died

Firefighters called to a housing block three times could not have saved the alcoholic found dead in his soot-covered flat the next day, a coroner has ruled.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

Two boys are believed to have been stabbed in a group fight at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station this afternoon, leaving one seriously injured while another fled onto a passing bus.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Angela Sinclair 92 years old @  Save Whittington Hospital March

A stalwart campaigner for social justice who continued going on protest marches into her 90s has died.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masjid Al-risaalah mosque and Islington Islamic Centre. (Picture: Google Maps).

A man in his late 40s was stabbed outside a Holloway mosque in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now