Shocking Statistics Emerge: England’s National Summit on Drug-Related Deaths
In January 2015, Public Health England, DrugScope and the Local Government Association held a National Summit on Drug-Related Deaths.
Statistics from the Office for National Statistics for 2013 reveal that 1 in every 259 deaths in England and Wales was directly the result of drug misuse. They further reported a 17% increase in drug misuse deaths registered in England in 2014, following a previous increase of 21% in 2013. This trend is expected to rise again according to the data they had available for 2015 at the time.
This clearly demonstrates that more and more people who abuse drugs are dying as a result.
The summit was structured with the intent of sharing the early findings from Public Health England's analysis of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) drug-related death data, and data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS). It drew on the expertise and experience of experts from across the sector, including treatment providers, commissioners, the research community, and service users.
Opiates were found to be the most frequently mentioned substance in drug-related deaths, and accounted for over four fifths of deaths.
A breakdown of the types of opiate revealed that Heroine and Methadone (a prescribed heroine substitute) accounted for a vast majority of the deaths, with Tramadol in third place.
The rehabilitation programme we use at Narconon is drug free and addresses key underlying issues which make it difficult for addicts to break free of the trap of drug abuse. Consistently we find that many of those who complete the programme report success.
If you, or a loved one, is trapped in the vicious cycle of drug addiction, call us today to discuss how Narconon may be able to help you overcome the trap, and gain back control of your (or their) own life.
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