Drugs deaths 'down 30% in five years'

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The Welsh Government says the number of drug-related deaths in Wales has fallen by 30% over the last five years

Deaths from drug misuse in 2014 fell by 16% compared to 2013 and by 30% since 2010.

The drug misuse mortality rate in Wales has also fallen by 16% compared to 2014, to 39 deaths per million – the lowest rate since 2006.

These figures represent lives lost to families and communities across Wales and while I welcome the news of a further decrease, any death attributable to drugs is one too many.

Tackling drug misuse is a complex issue, which the Welsh Government has been working hard to address.

The fact that drug-related deaths are falling at such a rate in Wales is testament to the significant work which we and our partners are undertaking.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister