Two years before its deadline the government has confirmed a record number of drug users getting treatment, says Health Minister Dawn Primarolo.
The National Treatment Agency report shows there are now over 195,000 people accessing drug treatment, 130% more than the standards set in 19998.
Three out of four people accessing treatment are retained for at least 12 weeks, an indicator of a successful treatment outcome.
The proportion of those completing treatment has also increased from 76% in 2005 to 80% in 2007.
Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said: “These figures released today are a remarkable achievement and I would like to thank all NHS staff or service users for their contribution to the step change that has been made.
“Many thought that the targets set in 1998 were aspirational and unrealistic. We have made massive strides in tackling the harm that drugs cause to both individuals and society as a whole.”
She adds that these improvements have attained substantial benefits to society, with the saving of lives and a reduction in the victims of drug related crime.