Just heard a report on ITV News statistics for drug related deaths in England and Wales.
On the BBC website I found an article on the figures for Wales.
“There has been a sharp increase in the rate of deaths from drug misuse in Wales, according to new figures.
There were 210 deaths recorded in 2021, compared with 149 in 2020 – an increase of 41% – Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed.
The figure was also the highest since records began in 1993, with the previous record being 208 in 2018.”
At the time of posting this, there was no mention yet from the BBC about the figure for England.
ITV News has reported
” Drug-related deaths in England and Wales have reached a record high, driven primarily by opiates, new Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.
There were 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in 2021, up 6.2% from 2020.
This is the ninth consecutive annual rise, and the highest number since records began in 1993.”