Deaths from drug poisoning in English and Welsh men reach five year peak

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1521
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Almost 2000 men died from drug poisoning last year in England and Wales, the highest number for five years, the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

    Deaths linked to heroin and morphine accounted for the largest amount of the total number of 2640 deaths from drug poisoning in men and women in 2007, but one of the sharpest rises in deaths involved methadone.

    The figures showed that 1914 deaths of men were related to drug poisoning, the highest recorded number since 2002—and a rise of 7% from the 1782 deaths recorded in 2006.

    Deaths among women, however, were at their lowest recorded annual number since the ONS drug poisoning database was begun …

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