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NDTMS North East is one of the nine National Drug (and Alcohol) Treatment Monitoring System regional centres across England. It operates from within the North East Public Health Observatory (NEPHO) which is located at University of Durham, queen’s campus, Stockton on Tees. NDTMS contains detailed, accurate and timely information and data drug and alcohol treatment activity.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Contains information on client information (such as age, sex, and ethnicity); treatment journey (such as referral, care plan and modality start and end dates), intervention modality and discharge reasons. There are also data on the service users’ substance misuse (such as drugs used and routes of administration) and questions around alcohol consumption. Further data covers a service users’ social and general well-being such as accommodation needs, pregnancy, children and parental status. Finally, a range of harm reduction data is collected such as Hepatitis B and C intervention status.

All ages - total new treatment journeys, retained over 12 , completed treatments, percent in effective treatment, all drugs (18+) - total new treatment journeys, retained over 12 weeks, completed treatments, percent in effective treatment

Drugs, alcohol, young people, adults, treatment
Identifier Variables
SHA, PCT , Drug Action Team (DAT), country
Economic/Subject Categories
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
Area of Health System
Public health, Other
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Unit of Analysis

Adults and young people. Sample size varies by SHA or DAT. For example number of effective treatment for all drugs (over 18's) in North West Strategic Health Authority in June 2006 was 32050 and 27882 in London Strategic Health Authority in that same time.

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)
Conditions of Access
Free access
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