SOLIHULL has over 1,000 ‘problem drug users’ according to the latest figures.
In all, between the ages of 15 and 64, some 1,091 people are hooked on opiates like heroin and crack cocaine.
The statistics come in a report which highlighted an increase in drug offences, along with fraud and theft in the borough.
Tackling these types of crime will be among Solihull’s top priorities.
According to a report presented to Solihull Council, those taking illegal substances and stealing from shops, vehicles and other people have risen between October 2010 and September 2011.
Theft from persons saw the biggest increase - up 25 per cent (36 more incidents than in the previous 12 months).
Drug crime rose from 530 incidents to 636 (20 per cent), theft from vehicles was up from 1,454 to 1,626 (11.8 per cent). And there was also an increase in thefts from shops (from 1,097 to 1,167).
As a result, the Safer Solihull Partnership, which includes the council, police, probation, fire service and the NHS, will be looking at ways to reduce these levels of crime.
Author of the report, Gillian Magee, said: “The recommendations include to retain violent crime as a priority but increase the focus on domestic abuse, and retain drug and alcohol misuse as a priority.”
The statistics also showed a drop in the number of other offences including violent crime, burglary, robbery and arson.