Young people are moving away from crack cocaine and heroin and towards 'ordinary' cocaine and cannabis according to new figures from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. In 2008/9 £800m was spent on national drug treatment services, a figure that has more than tripled in the last decade. Last year more than 200,000 adults received treatment for drug addiction - mainly for heroin and crack cocaine - of whom 25,000 (1 in 8) successfully came off drugs. Among 18-24 year-olds there has been a 30% fall in those looking for treatment for heroin and crack addiction since 2005/6. However, there was a 20% increase in over 35s seeking treatment for crack and heroin addiction over the same period. The proportion of 18-24 year-olds looking for treatment for cocaine addiction has doubled in the last four years and there has also been a small rise in treatment for cannabis addiction.
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