A shocking new report released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of women dying after taking cocaine has soared in the past year. The stats show that there's been a 26.5% increase for females and a 7.7% leap for men, and that the total number of drug-related deaths is also at its highest for a quarter of a century. However, overall, the Office for National Statistics report that the death rate for men is double that of women – men accounted for 2,968 of the recorded drug-related deaths, and women for 1,425.
The new statistics also show that around two-thirds of all deaths from drugs occurred due to misuse, indicating that the underlying cause was either an addiction or involved illegal drugs. Other drug-related deaths have been attributed to accidents, complications following injecting or users taking their own life.
In total, last year, it's estimated that 4,393 people died in England and Wales from drug poisoning (a slight rise from the 4359 registered in 2018) and that the average age at which those deaths occurred has changed since previous surveys were conducted. In 1993 to 2002, it was 20 to 29-year-olds making up the largest group, whereas today it's 40 to 49-year-olds.
One theory as to why, put forward by the ONS, suggests it's "possible" those born in the 60s and 70s have been dying in greater numbers from drug misuse over time.
In recent years, doctors have warned against mixing cocaine with alcohol, in particular after the tragic deaths of two Love Island contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
A toxicology report following the suicide of Thalassitis found that the reality star had taken cocaine, antidepressants, paracetamol and alcohol in the lead up to his death in March 2019. During the inquest to Sophie Gradon's death, the coroner delivered a warning that a combination of the two substances has been found to make someone 16 times more likely to take their own life.
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