Wales’ drug deaths a complex picture

A complex and evolving pattern of drug use and availability is resulting in increased drug deaths in Wales, with two thirds of deaths in 2021 involving a combination of drugs, including alcohol and prescription medicines.

A detailed analysis of drug trends and harm reduction interventions has been published by Public Health Wales. The annual report looks to deep dive into the drug related deaths across Wales and the UK reported by the Office of National Statistics every summer, which showed a record increase this year.

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