Drug related death remains a significant issue at both a local and national level within England and Wales, with 2019’s death registrations showing a new record number of drug poisonings recorded for the eighth consecutive year. Similarly, for Cheshire and Merseyside, ONS data shows a record 221 deaths recorded for the region.
This report details drug related deaths (DRD) across Cheshire and Merseyside in 2019 as reported through the DRD surveillance system which is now operational in all nine local authorities across the sub-region. Deaths reported to the system include any individual who has died while in treatment with a drug or alcohol treatment provider alongside any DRD identified by the coroner.
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