In addition to the above, figures have also revealed that the rate of deaths in older women recorded this year, is higher than the rate recorded for younger women last year – and is significantly higher than it was just a few years ago.
The Office for National Statistics who are responsible for the figures, also said that whilst female levels of drug misuse have increased, levels in males have fallen during the past year.
Director of delivery at the National Treatment Agency, Rosanna O’Connor, has said the statistics show that fewer and fewer people are now dying from the most dangerous drugs. However, she went onto say:
“It is the over-40s, typically in poor health from a lifetime’s drug use, who are at greater risk of...