MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by 23 percent year-on-year to almost 900 in 2016, which is the highest rate since 1996, the National Records of Scotland stated in its report released Tuesday.
According to the report, men accounted for 68 percent of the drug-related deaths in 2016, a decrease by one percent in comparison with 2015. The majority of drug-related deaths falls on people aged 35-44, while 25 percent of deaths occurred among people aged 45-54 and 23 percent among the youngest 25-34 age-group.
According to the statistics, the drug-death rate in Scotland is higher than those reported for all the EU countries, though the think-tank notes that there have been issues of coding, coverage and under-reporting in some countries.
According to the UK Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths caused by drug poisoning has also increased in England and Wales, reaching a record rate since 1993 last year. 3,744 drug-related deaths caused by both legal and illegal drugs were recorded in England and Wales in 2016. As well as in Scotland, the majority of deaths were due to opiate (mainly heroin and/or morphine) consumption.