Il­le­gal drug deaths fall by 50 per cent in bor­ough in past two years

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of peo­ple who died in Hilling­don as a re­sult of tak­ing il­le­gal drugs has fallen by more than 50 per cent, new find­ings re­veal.

Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham also regis­tered a drop in the num­ber of il­le­gal drug-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties, but deaths rose by nearly a third in West­min­ster. There were also small in­creases regis­tered in Eal­ing, Houn­slow and Brent.

The Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics fig­ures show il­le­gal drugs caused or were linked to 14 deaths in Hilling­don be­tween 2011 and 2013, down from 32 be­tween 2008 and 2010, and rep­re­sent­ing a 56.3 per cent fall.

The fig­ure in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham dropped 26.9 per cent from 26 to 19, but they rose 32.1 per cent in West­min­ster, with 37 deaths re­ported be­tween 2011 and 2013 and 25 in 2008 to 2010.

Else­where fig­ures rose from 25 to 27 in Eal­ing, and from 17 to 18 in both Houn­slow and Brent.

The data does not in­clude drug poi­son­ing, which can in­volve le­gal drugs such as al­co­hol and parac­eta­mol.

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