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Drug related deaths jump in Bromley between 2006 and 2014

PUBLISHED: 13:20 03 September 2015

Drug syringe and cooked heroin on spoon

Drug syringe and cooked heroin on spoon

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The rise mirrored the national trend with heroin the most likely illegal drug to kill

The number of people dying as a result of taking drugs in Bromley is on the rise, almost doubling between 2006 and 2014.

Between 2006 and 2008 a total of 15 people died as a result of taking drugs in Bromley according to statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Despite a small dip between 2009 and 2011, when just 13 people died, the number shot up in the period 2012 to 2014. During that two year period, 26 people died as a result of misusing substances.

The rise in Bromley mirrored a national surge in drug deaths with 3,346 registered deaths in England and Wales in 2014. That was the highest number of fatalities since records began in 1993. Almost 70 per cent of those deaths were as a result of abusing illegal drugs, with deaths involving heroin or morphine increasing by almost two-thirds from 579 to 952 between 2012 and 2014. There was a similar rise in the number of deaths caused by cocaine abuse, with 247 deaths in 2014, up from 169 in 2013.

The ONS says that a complex range of factors could be the reason for the rise in deaths from heroin. Increased availability of heroin, price, and the age of those taking the drug and the combination of other substances taken can influence the number of deaths. An increase in street level purity could also be to blame.

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