Newly emerged figures from Public Health England have documented that the UK’s current approach to drug treatment has failed to reduce drug related deaths. With UK drug abuse now at an all-time high, 2017 saw a 23% increase in treatment presentations for crack cocaine use.
Drug fatalities in Europe have once again increased for the third consecutive year, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
Tramadol, a medication traditionally used to relive pain has become one of Egypt’s most widely abused drugs. According to Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghana Wali, the drug has become so widespread that in 2014 it became a felony to carry or be in procession of tramadol without a prescription.
BBC Spotlight revealed a 46% rise in pregabalin from a data base of 20 million prescription records written by GPs across Northern Ireland in the past four years.
The tramadol death rate has continued to increase in Northern Ireland, but decreased in Great Britain.