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Fewer people treated for substance misuse.

THE number of people being referred for treatment for alcohol or drug misuse has fallen, according to new figures.

Statistics released by the Welsh Government show that, between October and December 2013, 7,319 people were referred for substance misuse treatment, down from 7,502 in the same period in 2012.

Of these, 3,940 were for alcohol treatment, with 54 of these under the age of 16.

Last year, the Welsh Government's Substance Misuse Annual Report 2013 revealed an increase in support for those with drug or alcohol misuse issues and a concerted effort to identify and deal with new psychoactive drugs such as mephedrone.

Earlier this year, Health Minister Mark Drakeford launched new guidelines for those working with substance misusers in their recovery.

Speaking at the time, he said: "We have to make sure that people who find themselves caught up in substance misuse are taking the steps to recovery."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 21, 2014
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