A new BBC report says that the number of people seeking treatment for so-called “club drugs” like ecstasy and ketamine, or Special K has risen in the past six years, according to the England’s National Treatment Agency.
Last year, 6,486 people were treated for drugs classified as club drugs – up from 4,656 in 2005-06.
It is not mentioned whether synthetic drugs like bath salts, 2e-i, or spice were included in that survey.
But, despite the rise in that period, the last 12 months has seen a fall in those treated for many such drugs.
The report refers to those who sought help for their drug use, such as counselling and detoxification.
The NTA estimates that around one million people used club drugs last year.
It said club drug users make up just 2% of adults in treatment and 10% of young people in specialist services, indicating that the UK is coping with a larger drug problem.
Its research suggests that ecstasy (MDMA) remains the most common club drug people receive treatment for.
Mephedrone and ketamine are thought to be increasingly popular drugs.
A health executive in England says that while drug use overall is falling, there is an increase in the number of people turning to treatment for club drugs. But he also adds that the numbers remain small compared to heroin and crack addiction.
While these numbers are based in England, they can be an indicator of what is happening in other countries through out Europe, and in North America. Both Canada and the United States have had some ecstasy related problems in recent months.