Drug-poisoning deaths in England and Wales at highest level ever recorded

Deaths involving opiates accounted for more than half of such fatalities in 2018, says ONS

More people died from drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2018 than in any other year since records began, with victims aged between 30 and 49 driving the surge in fatalities.

Deaths involving opiates have increased to their highest ever level, accounting for more than half of the 4,359 drug deaths in England and Wales last year. There was also a spike in deaths caused by cocaine, new psychoactive substances (formerly legal highs) and ecstasy, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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