Experts warn that cocaine is “as easy to order as Deliveroo” and that drug deaths are on the rise.
According to startling numbers released yesterday, drug-related deaths have reached all-time highs. Last year, 4,561 people died in the UK as a result of drug poisoning, the highest number since records began in 1993.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 777 deaths involving cocaine, a 9.7% increase from 2019 and more than five times higher than the 144 cocaine-related deaths recorded in 2010.
It is “as easy to order as a Deliveroo” takeaway, according to Eytan Alexander of the drug addiction treatment experts UKAT.
“It’s heartbreaking but unsurprising to see the number of drug poisoning deaths rise yet again,” he said.
“It’s especially shocking to see such a spike in cocaine-related deaths last year, given how readily available it is and how simple it is to purchase on Deliveroo.
“In 2020, the vast majority of deaths were due to drug usage, implying that drug dependence was the underlying cause of mortality. These are the people who have been suffering from a drug addiction for far too long and have been overlooked.
“It’s important to keep in mind that today’s report is about moms, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, and acquaintances who have died as a result of drug usage.
They died in a year in which everything except the epidemic was pushed to the side and placed on hold. We’re also dealing with a parallel pandemic involving drugs, alcohol, and mental illness, which has only gotten worse as a result of the virus.
“It’s time to call it quits.
Before more people die, we need to join together as a nation and take genuine action to aid vulnerable individuals.”
Ministers will “look closely” at Dame Carol Black’s suggestions, which ask for an extra £552 million investment in England over five years, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
The government said that it will create a new unit to combat drug abuse.
Statisticians have warned that a lethal mixture of substances is killing more individuals, with benzodiazepines, a sedative prescription, being mixed with heroin to “increase the effect.”
The most recent statistics, which are released once a year, reveal significant disparities between men and women.
Males died at a rate that was more than double that of females.
It was discovered that the North-east had the greatest rate of drug-related mortality.