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Drug deaths in Northumberland up 20%

The number of drug deaths in Northumberland rose by almost 20% last year and more than 40% over the past decade, according to new figures.

The ONS (Office for National Statistics) recently released new data which shows that between 2016 and 2018, there were 91 deaths related to drug poisoning in the county, up from 77 in 2015-17 and 54 in 2008-10.

This was the fourth highest total in the region, although the county’s age-standardised mortality rate, which takes into account the population and its age profile, was the third lowest.

The number of deaths related to drug misuse in Northumberland was 54 from 2016-18, against 39 from 2015-17 and 38 in 2008-10.

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