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Drug deaths in England and Wales rise to highest number on record

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p2970 (Published 19 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2970
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The number of drug related deaths in England and Wales has risen for the 11th year in a row, official statistics show.1

Data published by the Office for National Statistics show that 4907 deaths related to drug poisoning (equivalent to 84.4 deaths per million people) were registered in England and Wales in 2022. This was a slight increase from the 4859 deaths (84 per million) registered in 2021 and is the highest since records began in 1993.

Of these deaths 3127 (53.9 per million) involved “drug misuse” (relating to drugs controlled under the …

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