§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned into treatment for crack cocaine addiction; and if he will make a statement.
§ Caroline Flint
The National Treatment Agency (NTA) has carried out a review of available evidence on crack cocaine treatment and has issued guidance to service providers and commissioners to support service development, as part of the National Crack Plan, published in January 2003.
The evidence suggests that cocaine misuse is treatable and many approaches already familiar to drug services in Britain work well, though none are specific to the treatment of crack dependence. The NTA guidance makes use of this research by identifying issues that local commissioners need to consider in developing effective treatment services.