Record level of drug-related deaths in the East Riding
Drug-related deaths in the East Riding of Yorkshire in 2019 reached a record level, new figures show.
Drug reform charity Release said Government inaction is partly to blame for the record number of deaths seen across England and Wales.
Office for National Statistics figures show 22 drug-related deaths in the East Riding – a record level since comparable records began in 1993.
The deaths relate to poisoning from a variety of illegal and legal drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Nuno Albuquerque, treatment lead at drug addiction experts UKAT, said 2020 has been a difficult year for many, and some will undoubtedly turn to misusing drugs as a coping mechanism.
He added: “We must remember that these aren’t just numbers; they’re someone’s mother, father, child or friend and we can’t stress enough the value of investing in the treatment of addiction.”
A Government spokeswoman said: “Our approach on drugs remains clear – we must prevent drug use in our communities, support people through treatment and recovery, and tackle the supply of illegal drugs.”