In the Media

Drug agency 'inflated' treatment figures

PUBLISHED November 5, 2004

Health officials have been accused of misleading ministers and inflating the number of problem drug users, including heroin and cocaine addicts, in treatment programmes.

The disclosure is significant because the expansion of drug treatment services is be-coming controversial in the run-up to the general election. Labour and the Conservatives are threatening to jail drug-using criminals who refuse treatment.