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a pale yellow pills imageApril 12 2018

A crack-down on the diversion of Prescription Only Medicines onto the black market has seen illicit diazepam supply drop by more than 60%.

Annual figures issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency indicate that illicit trading is down:

  • 64% for diazepam 10mg;
  • 24% for nitrazepam;
  • 20% for top strength temazepam;
  • 14%. for zolpidem.

The MHRA data follows analysis of bulk orders of diverted medicines between January – May 2017 compared to January – May 2016. Its ongoing action is part of a programme to tackle diversion of legitimate POMs onto the criminal market, estimated to be worth £200 million. The MHRA’s enforcement team has 17 active investigations running, and 44 arrests have been made.

Multi-agency data on drug misuse and treatment services across the UK has also been published. It indicates that there was a substantial increase in the number of deaths registered in Scotland in 2016 that involved a benzodiazepine, rising from 191 deaths in 2015 to 426 in 2016. Benzodiazepines were associated with 406 deaths (16% of drug misuse deaths) registered in England and Wales in 2016.

The publication, ‘United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report 2017’, says that “overall drug prevalence in the general population is lower now than ten years ago, with cannabis being the main driver of that reduction; however, there has been little change in recent years.” The most recent estimate suggests crack cocaine usage increased 10% between 2011-12 and 2014-15.

In terms of addiction treatment:

  • there were 119,973 treatment presentations in the UK in 2016;
  • in England and Wales, there were 244,971 individuals recorded as being in drug treatment during 2016;
  • of all those in treatment in England and Wales, 138,422 were receiving prescribing treatment for opioid use.

Links:
MHRA announcement
‘United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report 2017’

 

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