More Sheffield people die from illegal drug misuse than in car accidents

The mortality rate for deaths from drugs misuse in Yorkshire and the Humber rose by 52 per cent between 2014 and 2015. Credit: PA
The mortality rate for deaths from drugs misuse in Yorkshire and the Humber rose by 52 per cent between 2014 and 2015. Credit: PA
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Sheffielders are over three times more likely to die from misuse of illegal drugs than from a road accident.

There has been a country-wide increase in the ratio of deaths from illegal drug misuse to deaths in road accidents, according to figures released by the BBC.

In Sheffield 101 people died from illegal drug misuse in the last three years compared with 30 on the roads.

Yorkshire and the Humber was the region with the biggest increase in deaths through drugs misuse between 2014 and 2015.

The mortality rate rose by 52 per cent, from 38.1 in 2014 to 57.8 per million population in 2015. The reason for the increase could be the start of an upward trend but may also be an ‘artefact of registration delays’ according to the Office for National Statistics.

Overall drug use has declined despite the increasing number of deaths.

People from Barnsley are more than twice as likely to die from illegal drug misuse than a road accident.

Doncaster and Rotherham both have a ratio of 1.28 deaths from illegal drug misuse to every road accident fatality.