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Heroin overdose figure doubles in four years

By Balzafire, Jul 17, 2010 | |
  1. Balzafire

    Hospital admissions for heroin and cocaine overdoses have more than doubled in Glasgow in four years, official figures show.

    As part of a week-long look at the drugs problem in the city, The Herald’s sister paper The Evening Times obtained details of people taken to hospitals with drug overdoses since 2006.

    It shows a rise for the most serious Class A drugs including heroin, cocaine, methadone and morphine and codeine.

    Heroin showed the biggest rise, of more than 100%, with 70 people receiving treatment in 2009/10 compared to just 27 in 2006/06.

    Cocaine overdoses almost doubled from 21 to 39 over the same period.
    The biggest number of admissions were for morphine and codeine overdoses, which jumped form 254 to 350, while admissions for the heroin substitute methadone rose from 16 to 26.

    Figures show two 11-year-olds were treated in the last four years, one for stimulants and one for solvents.

    A total of 22 15-year-olds were taken to hospital, however, the biggest problem was among 16 and 17 year olds.

    In the last year 23 under 18s were admitted to hospital with drug issues.
    Ten were aged 16, nine aged 17, two aged 15 and one 14-year-old.
    Helen Jones, children’s service manager at Children’s charity Barnardo’s, said sometimes it is a one-off.

    She said: “When they are admitted to hospital it could be a first time experiment gone wrong.

    “The family usually don’t know at this stage and their intervention can help prevent things going further.”

    Stewart Paterson
    17 Jul 2010


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