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Drug poisoning figures in Devon show more women are seen in A&E than men

April 18, 2017 12:05 PM
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Women in Devon are more likely than men to end up in hospital poisoned by illicit drugs.

According to figures from the NHS, as many as 80 women were hospitalised in the area due to poisoning by illicit drugs, compared to 60 men in 2015/16. Drug poisoning often means overdosing, but can sometimes involve people taking them by mistake or having an adverse reaction.

Illicit drugs can mean illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, but can also include prescription drugs that someone has taken recreationally.

Devon is one of just a fraction of areas in England where women have been taken to A&E for drug poisoning more often than men have. Across the country, as many as 8,116 men have been hospitalised due to being poisoned by drugs compared to 6,956 women.

While in some places women are more likely to be hospitalised due to drug poisoning, men are almost always much more likely to die from it.

Across Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay, 147 men died from drug misuse compared to 46 women between 2013 and 2015.


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