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Methadone: Blyth Valley

Question for Department of Health

UIN 224698, tabled on 20 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Blyth Valley constituency were on methadone maintenance treatment in the last three years; and what proportion of all NHS spending on methadone maintenance treatment was spent in Blyth Valley constituency in that time.

Answered on

27 February 2015

The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System collects information on the number of people receiving substitute prescribing interventions for substance misuse in England, but does not distinguish between methadone and other drugs such as buprenorphine which are also recommended for the treatment of opioid drug misuse by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Figures for adults receiving a prescribing intervention in Northumberland for the last three years are presented below. Treatment figures are only available at local authority level, so the requested figures for the Blyth Valley constituency are not available. Information on methadone maintenance spending is not collected centrally.

Adults in receipt of a prescribing intervention

2011-12

775

2012-13

778

2013-14

769

Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)