Drug Deaths Rise To Record High In England And Wales
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Tue 03rd August 2021 | 05:50 PM
London, Aug 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Aug, 2021 ) :England and Wales last year registered the highest number of fatal drug overdoses since records began in 1993, with cocaine and opiates blamed for the rising trend, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Tuesday.
Almost half of all drug poisonings involved an opiate, while there was a 9.7 percent jump in deaths due to cocaine use.
"Drug-related deaths have been on an upward trend for the past decade," said the ONS.
"The overall trend is driven primarily by deaths involving opiates, but also by an increase in deaths involving other substances like cocaine.
" The official statistics body said it was "too early" to assess any effects of coronavirus lockdowns on the data due to long delays between a death occurring and it being registered.
The rates of drug misuse deaths showed a "marked" divide between the north and south of England, with the northeast recording the sharpest rise.
London registered the lowest rates.