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:
‚ÄúIt is the over-40s, typically in poor health from a lifetime’s drug use, who are at greater risk of dying from overdose. For them, and all drug misusers, treatment remains the best defence against drug-related death.‚ÄĚ
Among men, heroin was still found to be the biggest killer despite a gradual decrease in the number of individuals taking it in recent years. In women however,¬†antidepressants¬†led to the most deaths.
Whilst antidepressants are necessary in certain cases, they should not be seen as a¬†permanent¬†solution and you should always follow your doctors advice when it comes to the course of medication they have prescribed. If circumstances are not controlled and monitored, taking either prescription or non prescription drugs could lead to the development of an addiction – a problem which is extremely hard to overcome without professional help.
If you believe you may be addicted to drugs, visit your GP who can issue you with some professional support and advice on the next steps. In addition, you may also benefit from visiting a counsellor, with whom you can discuss your thoughts and feelings in absolute confidence without fear of judgement.
Visit our Drug Abuse fact-sheet to find out more.
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