Bolton is worst in Greater Manchester for young people taking hardest drugs

Heroin. Bolton is the worst place in Greater Manchester for 15 to 24-year-olds taking the hardest drugs like heroin and crack.

Heroin. Bolton is the worst place in Greater Manchester for 15 to 24-year-olds taking the hardest drugs like heroin and crack.

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

THE proportion of 15 to 24-year-olds injecting themselves or taking crack cocaine is higher in Bolton than anywhere else in Greater Manchester, according to latest figures.

Statistics released by Public Health England for 2011-12 also showed Bolton to be the second highest borough in Greater Manchester for crack, injection or opiate misuse.

Bolton also had the largest proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds taking the drugs or injecting themselves, along with Tameside.

Despite this, Bolton recorded vast improvements on the figures for 2010-11, with the number of users dropping by nearly 30 per cent for crack cocaine, 31.5 per cent for injecting and six per cent for opiate.

A 6.5 per cent fall in the number of opiate and crack users was recorded nationally.

A Bolton Council spokesman hailed the “significant” progress made but admitted there was “work still to be done”.

Bolton had an estimated 763 users injecting in 2011-12, equating to 4.22 per thousand people, which is the joint highest in the region, and significantly higher than neighbouring Bury’s 311 users.

Opiate users numbered 1,875 in Bolton, dwarfing Bury’s total of 765, at a rate of 10.36 per thousand, just behind Manchester’s proportion of 11.65.

Bolton fared better in terms of crack use, rating fifth out of the ten boroughs, behind Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

A council spokesman said: “We have made significant progress in reducing the number of opiate and cocaine users in the borough and we continue to tackle the issue via a number of methods.

“Getting users into specialist treatment services is our priority, as this is the proven route to recovery, along with ensuring they successfully complete that treatment.

“Substance misuse affects all ages and backgrounds.”

Rosanna O’Connor, director of alcohol and drugs at Public Health England, said: “There is no room for complacency, and alongside this encouraging evidence we remain vigilant to the major substance misuse challenges, such as reaching an ageing population of entrenched opiate users and protecting younger people.”

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2:23pm Mon 16 Jun 14

markthementalist says...

This story did not need reporting as anyone with an ounce of sense is already aware of it.
Halliwell, Tonge Moor, Breightmet, Great Lever and Hall i'th Wood's decent residents will testify to this.
This story did not need reporting as anyone with an ounce of sense is already aware of it. Halliwell, Tonge Moor, Breightmet, Great Lever and Hall i'th Wood's decent residents will testify to this. markthementalist
  • Score: 21

3:03pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

This is because the benefit underclass has reached its third generation.

Started out in the 1980s with mass unemployment and people living their lives on benefits,

The responsibility in part the individuals but also societies attitude in writing people off.

Its cheaper to let a drug addict die than send them to rehab, sad but true.
This is because the benefit underclass has reached its third generation. Started out in the 1980s with mass unemployment and people living their lives on benefits, The responsibility in part the individuals but also societies attitude in writing people off. Its cheaper to let a drug addict die than send them to rehab, sad but true. Jim271
  • Score: 9

9:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Just the ones caught out that is. I find it hard to believe that Bolton is worse than Salford and the many hoods of Manchester.
Just the ones caught out that is. I find it hard to believe that Bolton is worse than Salford and the many hoods of Manchester. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -2

6:52am Tue 17 Jun 14

Steve l says...

Jim271 wrote:
This is because the benefit underclass has reached its third generation.

Started out in the 1980s with mass unemployment and people living their lives on benefits,

The responsibility in part the individuals but also societies attitude in writing people off.

Its cheaper to let a drug addict die than send them to rehab, sad but true.
Actually it was cheaper to send them to rehab - however a new multi million pound industry leaped up supplying methadone- even more addictive than heroin. This policy has only just changed -unfortunately the policy is threatening the closure of the best rehabs in the country.

Similarly over 1.5 million people addicted to prescribed medications such as benzodiazepines (eg diazepam, nitrazepam and lorazepam) have not even been told they are addicted. The scandal of SSRIs has yet to be fully appreciated.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: This is because the benefit underclass has reached its third generation. Started out in the 1980s with mass unemployment and people living their lives on benefits, The responsibility in part the individuals but also societies attitude in writing people off. Its cheaper to let a drug addict die than send them to rehab, sad but true.[/p][/quote]Actually it was cheaper to send them to rehab - however a new multi million pound industry leaped up supplying methadone- even more addictive than heroin. This policy has only just changed -unfortunately the policy is threatening the closure of the best rehabs in the country. Similarly over 1.5 million people addicted to prescribed medications such as benzodiazepines (eg diazepam, nitrazepam and lorazepam) have not even been told they are addicted. The scandal of SSRIs has yet to be fully appreciated. Steve l
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Tue 17 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Anyone caught importing drugs over a certain amount (1 wrap for personal use?) should receive an automatic life sentence.
Anyone caught importing drugs over a certain amount (1 wrap for personal use?) should receive an automatic life sentence. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: -2

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