UKs most drug-addicted regions listed – see the worst offending areas

The United Kingdom's most drug-addicted areas have been revealed, with Yorkshire and Humber topping the list.

A new report from Delamere Health, who analysed statistics from the Office for National Statistics, shows that there has been a 31% rise in drug use in that region over the last five years.

But it was just a 1% increase over the second-placed area of the East Midlands.

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London came in third on the list at 28%, while the South West was fourth with a 14% rise.

The North West was fifth with a 9% rise, while Wales came in sixth with 7%.

Rounding out the increased areas was the West Midlands with just 3%.

On a positive note, the North East and East of England had both dropped by 14%, while the South East has seen a 9% full in drug use since 2018.

Catherine Carney, Delamere’s psychiatrist and addiction specialist said: “The rise in people using drugs during Covid-19 could have likely resulted from the knock-on effects of the pandemic.

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“This included increased free time due to a large percentage of individuals being placed on furlough, as well as boredom and isolation through social restrictions.

"Furthermore, the stressful and emotional pressures of life-changing events like job losses or the death of loved ones – which became much more prevalent during this time frame.

“For those already battling with addiction or in recovery, this period proved detrimental due to a lack of access to medication, leaving them in a vulnerable position.”

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The report also showed that London is the capital of drug seizures by police, after it was revealed that one in six seizures happened there – 5,961 overall.

Second on the list was the East of England, home to towns and cities such as Cambridge, Bedford, Norwich, Luton, Chelmsford and Peterborough, with 4,011, while Wales came third with 3,386.

The North West made up 6% of the overall drug seizure in the UK over the last year, with Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston and Salford among major cities contributing to this figure.

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