Opiates cause record drug deaths in England and Wales

Opiates were one of the main culprits behind the surge in drug-related deaths in England and Wales, which reached a record high in 2021, the latest official statistics show. increase.

England and Wales have recorded a total of 4,859 drug-related deaths in 2021. This corresponds to a mortality rate of 84.4 per million people. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this is 6.2% higher than the rate he recorded in 2020.

Of the deaths registered last year, 3,809 were due to accidental poisoning and 927 were due to intentional autointoxication.

There were 119 deaths resulting from psychiatric and behavioral disorders as a result of drug use and 4 deaths after drug, drug, and biological assault.

Of all drug-related deaths registered in 2021, 2,219 will be opiate-related, accounting for 45.7% of the total.

Heroin and morphine are the most frequently mentioned opiates, and last year there were 1,213 drug-addiction deaths where any of these substances were mentioned.

deadly trend

Drug-related deaths have been on the rise in the UK over the past decade. Drug-related deaths are up 81.1% from 2012, when he was 46.6 per million.

According to the ONS, the overall trend is primarily due to opiate deaths, but is also being driven by an increase in deaths from other substances such as cocaine.

Of all drug-related deaths registered last year, 840 involved cocaine, an 8.1% increase from 2020 and more than seven times the number recorded a decade ago.

The ONS explains that an aging cohort of drug users is experiencing the effects of long-term use and may be becoming more susceptible to fatal overdoses.

New trends involving taking certain drugs such as benzodiazepines along with heroin and morphine may increase the risk of overdose.

pandemic effect

Forward Trust CEO Mike Torrance said the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus pandemic is exacerbating the situation.

He told PA News Agency: And it has definitely gotten worse during the pandemic. ”

He also blamed the rising number of deaths in part on a mix of drugs known as “polypharmacy”.

A UK government spokesman said the government’s “breakthrough drug strategy” would provide better support for people recovering from drug addiction and tackle “the criminal supply chains that fuel the illicit drug market”.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan


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