According to a recent news article by the BBC, the number of people seeking treatment for so-called ‘club drugs’ has risen in the past six years.
Last year alone, 6,486 people were treated for club drugs, this is up from 4,656 in 2005-06. The National Treatment Agency reported that around one million people used club drugs last year, with club drug users making 2% of adults in treatment and 10% of young people in specialist services.
Ecstasy is the most common club drug that people seek treatment for, although mephedrone and ketamine are thought to be increasingly popular drugs.
Paul Hayes, Chief Executive of the National Treatment Agency, has found that it is “clear that some club drug users are developing serious health problems and even dependency”. Experts have warned that these club drugs can cause physical and mental health problems such as bladder damage and psychosis.
The number of those seeking treatment is increasing, with some 900 adults starting treatment for mephedrone alone this year, compared to 839 in the previous year. The National Treatment Agency has even stated that 60% of people aged over 18 and 74% of under 18 who had used the club drugs left treatment successfully last year.
Whilst the overall drug use is falling there is an increase in the number of people using club drugs which means that services need to geared up to meet these emerging needs.
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