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