Drug addiction in the UK is on the rise, and it is extremely concerning for the many experts who have recorded the rapidly increasing trend. With drug addiction comes the fear of addiction relapse, frustrated loved ones, and a host of drug-related illnesses. In many cases, the addict is so wrapped up in his or her substance abuse that he/she does not even realise the strain being put on relationships, ultimately leaving loved ones extremely distressed and upset.
A recent investigation conducted by the Liverpool Echo has found that Liverpool has the highest rate of hospital admissions due to drugs in the country – a statistic that comes as a shocking revelation to many of the city’s residents.
Comparisons in Different Factors
The purpose of this investigation was to look into the effects of drug use in Liverpool. The Echo looked at the comparisons in different factors to establish which areas were the most negatively impacted by drugs, and how these same factors are affecting communities across the UK. These included hospital admissions due to drugs or alcohol, drug- or alcohol-related deaths, car accidents due to drugs or alcohol, the volume of drugs seized by police, and drug-related crime in each area.
Liverpool was branded the third worst area in the UK for drug issues, behind Middlesbrough and top-of-the-list Hartlepool. Liverpool had the highest rate of hospital admissions due to drugs, with a concerning 2,300 admissions in the period between 2014 and 2015. Most of these were because of behavioural disorders or mental health issues that were linked to substance abuse, although a few were admitted for overdoses. Many of these individuals went on to have an addiction relapse in the following months. Between 2013 and 2015, there were around 110 drug-related deaths in Liverpool, which is a shocking figure.
Alcohol and drug expert for Liverpool council’s public health team, Ian Canning, explained that these statistics were ‘not surprising’, although he had seen a noticeable drop in young drug abusers. He added, “People have been taking opiates for their whole life. Historically, Liverpool has had this problem – people have been using heroin for decades – and we’re starting to narrow the gap. Addicts are physically demising at an earlier age than non-addicts.”
Very Challenging Times
Dr Yasir Abbasi, director and consultant at rehabilitation centre Addaction Services, explained, “These are very challenging times for the NHS in general, and we are doing a lot more with a lot less and making the public pound stretch further. Reduction in funding for [the centre’s] services is likely to have an impact on society as a whole.”
He added that the stigma around addiction and the media portraying addicts as criminals as opposed to people who are suffering from an illness is partially to blame for the issue. He said, “We need to provide a full set of holistic treatment packages for people with addiction problems and reduce harm as much as we can. It is clear providing treatment alone, without additional support like employment, housing and skills, has limited and inconsistent outcomes.”
Robust and Proactive Approach
Liverpool was found to be the seventh worst city for drug-related crime in the UK. Up to August 2016, there were 3,079 drug-related crimes that took place in the city in a twelve-month period. The research has also found that there are less young drug abusers and that it is older users who are finding that they have an array of health issues requiring medical assistance. In 2012 and 2013, 32 per cent of behavioural disorder and mental health hospital admissions due to drug use were under 40s, while in 2015 and 2016, this figure had decreased to just 25 per cent.
Merseyside Police revealed that they had seized 49kg of cannabis and resin, 23kg of heroin and almost 25,000 cannabis plants, among other drugs. A spokesperson commented, “We will continue to take a robust and proactive approach, to arrest those involved, bring them to justice and remove these drugs, to keep our streets safe.”
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Source: Liverpool worst in UK for drug admissions to hospital, ECHO investigation reveals (Liverpool Echo)