Deaths from drugs are at a record high with men particularly affected.
Drugs poisoning deaths in England and Wales hit the highest level since these sorts of records began in 1993. This is not because there are more people around. The mortality rate (the number of people who die per thosuand of the population) is also at a record level: 39.9. Two-thirds of these deaths are down to illegal drugs with heroin- and cocaine-related deaths both up.
Men are 2.5 times more likely to die from drug misuse than women.
We know from the drugs misuse crime survey that men in England and Wales are approximately twice as likely to use illicit drugs as women. Around one in eight (11.9%) men aged 16 to 59 took an illicit drug in 2014 compared with around one in eighteen (5.4%) women. This partly explains the higher rate of deaths. However, the ONS, who released the figures said: 'this cannot be the only explanation, as more than 30% of drug poisoning deaths are not related to drug misuse'.