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Drug poisoning 'more than doubled' in past decade

Hospital admissions for drug poisoning has more than doubled in the past decade, figures show.
 
However, drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders fell by nearly a quarter during the same period.
 
Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows there have been 58% more admissions to secondary care for drug poisoning in 2011/12 than in 2000/01.
 
Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2012 found there were 12,300 hospital admissions for drug poisoning in 2011/12, a 2% fall on the previous year, with 16 to 24 year olds accounting for the majority of admissions (2,900).
 
Drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders accounted for 6,200 admissions in 2011/12, a 7% fall on the previous year (6,600) and a 23% fall on 2000/01 (8,000), with 25 to 34 year olds accounting for the majority of admissions (2,100).
 
“The report brings together information from a range of sources to provide a comprehensive picture of the use and effects of drugs by people across England,” said chief executive of the HSCIC Tim Straughan.
 
“For drug-related admissions over the past eleven years, it shows a mixed picture with admissions increasing overall for drug poisoning while falling for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders.”