People aged 40-49 had highest rate of drug misuse deaths in 2016

September 22, 2017   //   No Comments

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently published their report: ‘Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2016 registrations.’  This is their summary of findings:

  • There were 3,744 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs in England and Wales registered in 2016; this is an increase of 2% and the highest number since comparable statistics began in 1993.
  • Of these 69% were drug misuse deaths.
  • People aged 40 to 49 years had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths in 2016, overtaking those aged 30 to 39 years.
  • Over half (54%) of all deaths related to drug poisoning in 2016 involved an opiate (mainly heroin and/or morphine).

To read the full report from the ONS website, click here.