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Drug-related deaths rise in Northumberland over last three years

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Rose Humphries of the Anyone's Child Project, who lost two sons to heroin overdoses said: "It upsets me to see the figures for drug deaths at record levels year after year".

A more accurate figure for how many people died during the heatwave - and if the death was weather-related - will not be available until later this year, he said.

There were 75 fatalities linked to fentanyl in England and Wales past year, an increase of 29 per cent from 2016, when there were 58.

The drug has been found mixed with heroin, causing accidental overdoses in users.

The drug, which can be 100 times stronger than heroin, is used officially to treat terminally ill patients.

This year there were 65,439 deaths registered, compared with 65,846 last year and 65,728 in 2016, according to the blog.

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The ONS statistics also show that deaths from cocaine were up for the sixth year in a row.

And although this was 995 more registrations than the rolling five-year average for this period, there were more than twice as many registrations above the rolling average in 2017 (2,332), and more than three times as many in both 2016 (3,099) and 2015 (3,516).

And fatalities from so-called "legal highs", such as spice, reduced by more than a half in 2017, from 123 in 2016 to 61.

Rates of drug misuse deaths in England were highest in the north.

Last year, there were 2,521 male drug-related deaths and 1,235 female. The north-west had a rate of 64.7 deaths and Yorkshire and the Humber 54.5.

This equates to 66.1 deaths per one million people, 41 per cent higher than 2012's rate of 46.6.

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In Scotland, drug deaths hit a record high in 2017 and were the worst in Europe, figures revealed last month.

"However, despite deaths from most opiates declining or remaining steady, deaths from fentanyl continued to rise in 2017 as did cocaine deaths which increased for the sixth consecutive year".

Charities have said that most deaths from substance abuse are avoidable and warned that drug abusers need better care to help deal with underlying health conditions. "It's such needless waste of life and a tragedy for so many families and loved ones".

He wrote: "It is impossible to tell from the data now available to us how many people actually died during this period and how many of those deaths were as a result of the heat".

Niamh Eastwood, executive director of Release - the UK's centre of expertise on drugs and drug laws - blamed the government for "driving this devastating public health crisis by punishing people for their drug use instead of implementing compassionate, evidence-based policies".

'Most of them have had very hard, often traumatic lives and we're letting them down if we don't give them the best care that we can'.

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Russian Federation has angrily rejected any involvement, plunging diplomatic relations into crisis. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also sickened by the poison in the bottle, but later recovered.

"Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides to become dependent on drugs".

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