ONS reveals latest regional drug mortality rates
AT A GLANCE: Drug deaths up in six years across Nottingham (52%), Leicester (32%), Derbyshire (31%), Leicestershire (70%), Lincolnshire (38%), Nottinghamshire (30%), Northamptonshire (12%)
Drug-related deaths in England and Wales have reached the highest number since records began back in 1993, the Office for National Statistics has today revealed.
And unfortunately, the ONS has also revealed that the same can be said for drug-related deaths across the East Midlands.
Detailed analysis of ONS data by drug addiction treatment experts UKAT shows that the East Midlands region has seen a 30% rise in drug poisoning deaths in the last 6 years.
The ONS report reveals that between 2017-19, drug poisoning deaths across the East Midlands reached a record high of 867, up from 798 between 2016-18 and up from just 662 in 2013-15.
More men than women are dying from drug poisoning. Men account for 66% (574) of all drug poisoning deaths in the East Midlands between 2017-19, a proportion relatively unchanged since 2013-15, when 67% of drug poisoning deaths were also men.
UKAT’s analysis shows that deaths in Nottingham have risen from 59 to 90 in just 6 years, a 52% rise. Deaths in Leicester have risen by 32%, from 52 to 69 in 6 years.
Across Derbyshire, drug poisoning deaths are up by 31%; from 118 to 155 in 6 years with a particular spike in the Derbyshire Dales, from 3 deaths in 2013-15 to 14 in 2017-19.
Across Leicestershire, drug poisoning deaths are up by 70%, with Charnwood seeing death rates rocket from 7 to 28 in just 6 years.
Across Lincolnshire, deaths are up by 38% with deaths in Lincoln doubling from 21 to 42 in 6 years and across Nottinghamshire, drug deaths have risen from 114 to 149; a 30% rise. Deaths across Northamptonshire are up by 12% with Northampton’s rate rising on it’s own by 33%.
The only large area across the East Midlands that has seen a fall in drug poisoning deaths is across Derby, where deaths have fallen by 6%.
Drug addiction experts at UKAT- who analysed todays ONS figures- urge councils across the East Midlands to invest in drug and alcohol treatment services to avoid more loss of life;
Nuno Albuquerque, Group Treatment Lead at UKAT (www.ukat.co.uk), comments; “These ONS figures are saddening but unsurprising. It is here in black and white, the situation is only getting worse for those most vulnerable in society.
We urge councils across the East Midlands to invest in effective drug and alcohol services in their 2021 budget to avoid even more loss of life.
“We must remember that these aren’t just numbers; they’re someone’s mother, father, child or friend who has lost their lives to drugs and we can’t stress enough the value of investing in the treatment of addiction.
“2020 has proven to be a difficult year for many. Some will undoubtedly turn to misusing drugs as a coping mechanism. Our fear is that these figures could tip off the scale in next year’s report unless Councils here take proactive, preventative action today in order to save lives tomorrow.”
Substances involved in the drug-poisoning deaths registered in the East Midlands report have not been revealed by the ONS, however, in its national report, also released today, UKAT has discovered that both legal and illegal drugs are accounted for in the drug death rates.
Collectively, UKAT’s analysis of the National ONS data shows that for the types of drugs that can be prescribed by GPs – Tramadol, Codeine, Dihydrocodeine, Antidepressants, Zopiclone, Benzodiazepines, Antipsychotics and even Paracetamol – the death count in 2019 stood at 1,805; 40% of all drug deaths registered last year (4,393). This is significantly higher than the collective number of deaths from the same drugs ten years ago, which stood at 1,360.
Their analysis also shows that the number of deaths from illegal drugs such as Cannabis in 2019 are the highest on record and that Cocaine deaths rose for the eighth consecutive year to their highest level- accounting for 16% of all deaths across England and Wales last year.
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