Latest figures show a 8.5% rise in people dying from drug misuseOctober 6, 2016 // No Comments
New recommendations from the independent expert group convened by Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Government Association addresses England’s rising number of people dying from drug misuse. While overall drug use continues to decline, new official statistics show a further rise in deaths for 2015, to the highest number ever recorded (2,300). Registrations of drug misuse deaths in England increased by 8.5% in 2015, following an increase of 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2013. Heroin related deaths have doubled since 2012 in England and Wales (579 to 1,201, a 107% increase) – to the highest since records began 20 years ago.
Rosanna O’Connor, Director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at PHE, said:
Drug use is the fourth most common cause of death for those aged 15 to 49 in England and we know that the majority of those dying from opiates have either never, or not recently, been in treatment. Reassuringly, overall drug use has declined and treatment services have helped many people to recover but there is a need for an enhanced effort to ensure the most vulnerable can access treatment.