Following the NHS report Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2017, Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has called for greater urgency to combat drug abuse.
In 2015/16, there were 8,621 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders, a 6% increase from the year before and an 11% increase from 2005/6. As well as this, there were 15,074 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of poisoning by illicit drugs, a staggering 51% increase from 2005/6.
Every indicator reveals the increasing risks concerned with using and abusing drugs, and this is putting a severe strain on the NHS, who are left to deal with the consequences of this misuse.
Maria commented, “These statistics are alarming, and shows that although total drug use has decreased (8.2% of adults admitted to consuming an illicit drug, down from 10.5% in 2005), the risks associated with taking illicit drugs has significantly increased.
“This is a glaring indicator that serious measures need to be addressed to combat the harmful consequences of taking illicit drugs.
“I have been calling for drug reform within the NHS, as recently I suggested that pharmacists should have greater responsibility to handle prescription drugs in order to prevent patient readmissions. While I must make clear that these two issues are rather separated, I am confident that both our outlook and methods in tackling abuse of illicit and prescription drugs, needs to change.”