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  • In the year to March 2017 there were over 1,000 opiate users and almost 300 non-opiate users in treatment. [1]
  • The proportion of opiate users that left drug treatment successfully (free of drug[s] dependence) who did not then re-present for treatment within 6 months was 7.7%, which is significantly better than the regional average of 5.2% and similar to the slightly lower England average of 6.7% [Chart - Successful drug treatment - opiate users]. [2]
  • The proportion of non-opiate users that left drug treatment successfully who did not then re-present within 6 months was 32.4%, compared with 27.4% across the North East and 37.1% for England as a whole. [Chart - Successful drug treatment - non-opiate users]. [2]
  • In Gateshead, 77% of those eligible received hepatitis B virus vaccination (compared to 47% in England). Of injecting drug users eligible in Gateshead, 90% had a hepatitis C virus test (compared to 73% in England). [3]
  • There has been an increase in the use of legal highs across Gateshead. [3]
  • Nationally, drug use reported by 11-15 year olds has decreased since 2001. [3] When surveyed, 11% of school pupils 8-11 years of age in Gateshead responded that they are 'fairly sure' or 'certain' that they know someone who uses drugs (not as medicines) [4]
  • In the 2014/15 ‘What About YOUth’ (WAY) survey, 14.3% of 15 year olds in Gateshead reported that they had tried cannabis, with 6.3% taking cannabis in the last month. These rates are both higher than the England averages of 10.7% and 4.6% respectively [Chart – 15 year olds taking cannabis in the last month]. Gateshead’s rate for those who have taken cannabis in the last month is also significantly higher than six of the fifteen local authorities in Gateshead’s CIPFA nearest neighbour group [Chart – 15 year olds taking cannabis in the last month (CIPFA nearest neighbours)]. [5]

    [1] NDTMS Adult Activity Report (Partnership) - Report Viewer, Report date 27 Nov 2017, Data period Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 (NDTMS website [restricted access]) 

    [2] NDTMS, 2016 (PHOF website)

    [3] Drugs and alcohol service needs in Gateshead, 2013

    [4] Gateshead Schools Health Related Behaviour Survey 2014

    [5] What About YOUth? Survey, HSCIC, 2014/15 (Young People website)