Crack cocaine use on the rise in Dorset

Crack cocaine use on the rise in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:47am 22nd October 2019.

Only a small proportion of Dorset people who need help with drug and alcohol are coming forward to seek help – despite a county-wide strategy to encourage them.

A report to Dorset Council committee this week says that only a low level of those needing help ask for it – just 10-15% of those with alcohol problems, while at the same time hospital admissions related to alcohol use continue to rise.

A report to the Place Scrutiny committee on Thursday 24th October concludes:

“Alcohol-related harm is concentrated in the poorest areas, even though people living there drink less on average than the wealthiest groups in society.”

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The report also acknowledges that the county, like other areas, has an ageing population of heroin and crack cocaine users, who do often engage with treatment but do not always make progress and, as a result, remain at a higher risk of dying from complications related to their substance use.

The report also acknowledges that despite the county-wide strategy crack use is increasing locally.

The Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset 2016-2020 Alcohol and Drugs Strategy identified three key themes and outcomes: prevention, treatment and safety.

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'What's working?'

Successes listed in the report include all local acute hospitals now having alcohol liaison teams; that Naloxone, used to treat overdoses of opiods, can now be supplied without a prescription and that there is now a clear pathway to treatment which has resulted in an increase in users accessing treatment in Bournemouth.

The report also says that better screening is now in place for adults and younger people at risk of drug abuse with appropriate interventions and referrals open to individuals and those around them, including family and carers.

A review of the strategy is now expected to be endorsed, followed by a consultation, with a new strategy in place by the end of 2020.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter