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Scarborough Heroin Deaths Rate Highest In North Yorkshire

Scarborough Heroin Deaths Rate Highest In North Yorkshire

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 3:18pm 4th April 2018. (Updated at 3:55pm 4th April 2018)

There are more heroin and morphine deaths in Scarborough borough than anywhere else in North Yorkshire. 

That's according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics which shows there are 4.6 deaths related to the drugs per 100,000 people. 

The figures reveal a wider problem with six out of the ten local authorities in England and Wales with the highest rates of heroin and/or morphine misuse deaths being coastal resorts. 

That includes places such as Blackpool, Bournemouth and Hastings. Public Health England has suggested a link between areas of higher deprivation and drugs misuse.

Their report, Preventing Drugs Misuse Deaths, said:

“Social factors, including housing, employment and deprivation, are associated with substance misuse and these social factors moderate drug treatment outcomes.”

Dr Lincoln Sargeant is Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, he added:

"Clearly, a larger population means that the numbers are diluted a bit, and that would be a situation for example in York. 

The population in Scarborough is smaller hence even two or three additional deaths will push the averages up. 

There are a few deaths in Scarborough, a small number, where we think this is related to recreational use. 

That could be around the fact that people do come in, we know there are issues around vulnerable people who are susceptible to drug use which may be imported from elsewhere."




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