Published On: Sat, Jul 28th, 2018

Drug death capital of Kent.

The drug death capital of Kent has been revealed as figures show more people are dying from heroin overdoses than ever.

More people than ever are dying from opioid overdoses in Kent, worrying new figures have shown.

In fact the number of deaths in the county caused by drugs like heroin has almost doubled in just three years.

And while every area of Kent is affected, some districts have a much higher fatality rate than others.

Local authorities have now been told to stock thousands of anti-overdose kits as the drug death toll in Kent reached the highest level in the UK, only slightly ahead of Lancashire.

There were 213 drug-related deaths in the county between 2014 and 2016, compared to the much lower figure of 111 between 2011 and 2013.

A Public Health England report recommend how many naloxone kits Kent Police officers should stock, based on the numbers of drug users and drug-related deaths.

It recommends any individual receiving treatment for opiate use – 2,210 across Kent – should be given a kit, plus extra depending on mortality rates.

Public Health England has recommended Kent stock a total of 3,172 naloxone kits.
The shocking rise in the number of drug deaths in Kent
Between 2011 and 2013, 111 people died in Kent from a drug overdose.

The worst affected area back then was Thanet, where 17 people lost their lives to opiods, closely followed by Canterbury, Swale and Maidstone, where the death toll stood at 14.

Fast forward to 2014 and a shocking 213 people in Kent died from drugs.

The worst affected area was still Thanet, where a worrying 33 people died, with Canterbury, Swale and Maidstone still the next worst affected areas with 28, 25 and 25 respectively.

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Drug death capital of Kent.