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Drug deaths: England and Wales see highest number since records began

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3988 (Published 15 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3988
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Nearly 4400 drug poisoning deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2019, the highest number since records began in 1993, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.1

While the numbers have only slightly increased since 2018 (4359 deaths v 4393), there has been a 52% increase in drug related deaths in the past 10 years.

Two thirds of the deaths in 2019 were related to drug misuse, with the rate of …

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