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Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

A recent report by Cumbria County Council reveals some shocking statistics relating to harmful drug and alcohol use across the county. The Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Cumbria: Health Needs Assessment has found that whilst alcohol consumption in the county is higher than the national average, only 19% of people with alcohol dependency are receiving treatment for this. The report also confirmed that males aged 35-54 were most at risk of becoming alcohol dependent, with this group also having the greatest number of suicides, both in Cumbria and nationally. To try and reverse this, we were able to source a small amount of funding to prioritise the fast-tracking of males aged 30-60 in North Cumbria who are drinking in a harmful manner into a series of one-to-one sessions with one of our Recovery Coaches, as part of a suicide prevention programme and we are hoping to extend this throughout Cumbria.

 

The statistics for drug use, whilst slightly better, still cause us concern at CADAS. 60% of opiate users are receiving treatment, however drug related deaths in the county have continued to increase, with the highest number ever recorded in 2019. The number of deaths in clients receiving treatment for their harmful substance use has also increased. Worryingly, drug-related fatalities in the Barrow and Furness areas are nearly two and a half times the national average, at 11.1 per 100, 000 (the national average is 4.7 per 100, 000). Furthermore, 24% of clients receiving treatment for substance use in Cumbria report either misusing or being dependent on either prescription or over the counter medications, with prescriptions for opioids and gabapentinoids being higher than the national average across both Clinical Commissioning Groups operating health services in Cumbria.

 

The findings for drug and alcohol use amongst the county’s young people are equally concerning. Barrow and the Furness area has the highest number of hospital-related admissions for alcohol use amongst under 18s in the whole of England, with 62% of those admitted being female. Whilst the Health Needs Assessment found that young people in Cumbria are more likely to drink alcohol than take drugs, the number of hospital admissions relating to drug use amongst 15-24-year-olds across the county is still above the national average. Also concerning is the number of Child in Need Assessments in Cumbria as 28% of these identify alcohol or drugs as either a direct or indirect risk factor.

 

Walk into your Spring

Walk into your Spring

As you know, CADAS has been a partner in Active Cumbria’s ‘Walking for Health’ project for quite a while now, training staff and volunteers to lead short group walks for people of any level of fitness around the county.  Whilst Covid restrictions were in place, these had to be halted, but with spring in the… Continue Reading

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Could you be our new South Services Manager?

Could you be our new South Services Manager?

Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) have an exciting vacancy for a regional Services Manager to lead our delivery team across the south of the county. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership and people management skills to maintain efficient operating systems, policies and procedures. This person should be passionate about championing the… Continue Reading

CADAS video to promote Family & Friends service in GP surgeries

CADAS video to promote Family & Friends service in GP surgeries

CADAS has created a short video specially to be shown on screens in waiting rooms around the county. Now we’re urging GPs, dental surgeries and pharmacists to get in touch to share the information with their clients. “As surgeries open up for more face-to-face appointments, we want them to work with us to get our… Continue Reading

Easter Service COVID Update

Easter Service COVID Update

Happy Eastertide from CADAS. We are thrilled to announce that both our CADAS General Enquiries number and our Addiction Helpline number are up and running again now after the Easter break as follows: General Enquiries: 0300 111 4002 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm) contact@cadas.co.uk Addiction Helpline (staffed by Recovery Coaches ready to give immediate support): 0800 2 54… Continue Reading

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