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Deaths from tramadol and legal highs reach new highs in England and Wales

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5336 (Published 30 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5336
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The typical victim of a drug related death in England and Wales is not a clubber in his 20s or a teenager experimenting with ecstasy but a man in his 30s or 40s, the annual statistics on drug poisoning show.1

Death rates for men in their 30s are more than twice as high, at 97.8 per million, than for those in their 20s (47.6 per million) and 39 times as high as those in teenagers (2.5 per million). The figures compound suicides with deaths from drug abuse, but among males drug abuse was responsible for 1086 deaths in 2012 against 525 …

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