The number of deaths linked to drugs and drink in Wales have increased by 31% in 10 years, compared with 15% in England.
Figures show 496 people died as a result of drug or alcohol use in 2010 here. In 2001 that figure was 380.
The rate of deaths from avoidable causes remains higher in Wales than in England, although it has fallen by almost a quarter over the 10 years.
The leader of a major North Wales drugs network has been sentenced today for running a sophisticated network from inside his prison cell. Paul David Williams and the other 21 members of his gang have been jailed for a total of 124 years.
– Suzanne Thomas, CPS Cymru-Wales’ Complex Casework Unit
“This is one of the largest drug-related cases we have dealt with in recent years and the sheer scale of the criminality involved is enormous.Organised drug gangs bring misery to communities up and down Wales. We are therefore pleased that this particular group has been brought to justice.
A group of 23 drug dealers, led by a man from his prison cell, have been jailed for a total of 124 years and 11 months at Caernarfon Crown Court.