THERE are 7,700 people regarded as problematic drug users
in South Wales.
So in the meantime we should have things in place for harm reduction to protect problematic drug users
For example, setting up a Drug Consumption Room (DCR) in Wrexham, where people suffering from problematic drug use can take the drugs themselves safely and hygienically and could potentially save lives, would also provide real benefits to the community.
Similarly, numerous subsequent policy and guidance documents--the 1998, 2002, 2008, and 2010 Drug Strategies (HM Government, 1998 2002; 2008; 2010), Models of Care for the Treatment of Adult Drug Misusers (NTA, 2002), and Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management (DH, 2007)--have consistently recommended that health, social care and criminal justice agencies work collaboratively to address the complex needs of problematic drug users
The Commission was also informed about the startup of a major initiative to pair up European cities with counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean, to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of problematic drug users
and address other aspects of drug dependency at the municipal level.
We accessed latest figures on the number of problematic drug users
in the North East ( those with such serious habits they can't work and often have to steal to feed their addictions.
He added: "Currently about one per cent of people are recognised as problematic drug users
Britain's 280,000 problematic drug users
should be treated as patients requiring medical help.
Already, there are claims that national drug policy initiatives have been relatively silent on the needs of problematic drug users
among black and other minority ethnic groups (see Chantler, 1998; Khan, 1999; Johnson and Carroll, 1995).
Home Office Minister Bob Ainsworth welcomed the report but said: "The main aim of our drug strategy is to get the estimated 250,000 problematic drug users
away from drugs and into treatment.
From January to December 2008, there were 1,625 referrals for problematic drug users
The breakdown of problematic drug users
claiming benefits is: Jobseekers' Allowance 66,000; Income Support 146,000; Incapacity Benefit 87,000; Disability Living Allowance 2 5,000.
It shows how the methods of these studies lead to the overestimation of both the number of offenses by problematic drug users
and their causal attribution to drug use.