THERE was a dramatic increase in the number of people dying from drug overdoses in the Staffordshire Moorlands last year.
There were eight poisoning deaths in the district in 2019, four times more than the two recorded the previous year.
The drug-related mortality rate in the Moorlands was 4.6 per 100,000.
Drug-related deaths in England and Wales remain at a record level, with official figures showing last year had the highest number registered in more than a quarter of a century.
There were 4,393 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in 2019, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.
This is a small rise from the 4,359 drug-related deaths registered in 2018 – the highest figure since records began in 1993.
Two-thirds of the deaths were related to drug misuse, the ONS says, a small fall from the previous year.