Drug help figures falling

DEMAND among young people in the North West for help with problems caused by primary use of Class A drugs has fallen significantly over the last three years, according to new figures released today by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA)

The North West reflects the national shift away from crack, cocaine and ecstasy but, unlike most other English regions, the numbers of teenagers seeking help for primary use of heroin has risen slightly. This still reflects an overall drop over three years down to 40 from 66 in 2007-08. Overall, according to the figures, the numbers of under-18s receiving help from the agency has fallen by 376 since last year.